Vice President at Haifa University is an Israeli Arab
Want to make a bet this won't make the MSM reports anywhere?
Sociology professor Majd el-Haj has been named Haifa University's next dean of research, making him the first Arab faculty member to serve at the vice presidential level of an Israeli university.Since the idea of a Jew serving in a like capacity in an Arab university is enough to cause apoplexy in some quarters, you'd think this appointment would make a big splash in the legacy media, wouldn't you? Or rather, you would if you were Rip van Winkle and hadn't been up and reading the news since 1948. That was the last time they printed good news for Jews. Times have changed.
Which is why the Israelis deserve recogniton for this. Since they won't get it many other places, here's my voice. Good job, guys.
el-Haj will be responsible for the cultivation of academic research at the university as well as research cooperation with universities abroad. el-Haj is held in international esteem in his fields of research - multiculturalism and the sociology of education. He has extensively studied the Palestinian minority in Israel, conducting comparative studies with other minorities in the country and abroad.Sounds like academic babble, but that's okay. Given the incredible number of "minorities" in Israel, his work might even have a point.
(Yes, one of my prejudices is academic mandarins).
Vice President el-Haj is grateful for his appointment...kind of.
[he] called the appointment historical, but added that it represents a larger problem. "If it took the state and its academic institutions 57 years to appoint an Arab as dean, then this indicates deep discrimination."Hmm. He has a point there. And exactly how many Jewish scholars have appointments at Arab institutions of higher learning? Just asking.
The VP thinks his new promotion proves that "nothing is impossible" and that it is indicative of change, despite the "glass ceiling" (yes, he really did say glass ceiling. He may be a change, but he's still a professor) that prevents other minorities from advancing.
I'll bet he thinks life ought to be fair, too.
Well, good on you anyway, Haifa University. But I do hope your other folks aren't as snarky as this fellow. Hope you have your rabies shots up to date, too, since he seems a mite inclined to bite the hand that feeds him.