A new website launched by the Zionist organization Im Tirtzu enables students to access information about Israeli academics who promote anti-Israel activities.
The website, “Know Your Professor,” lists 85 Israeli professors who are involved in anti-Israel activity such as promoting BDS, encouraging international pressure on Israel, accusing the IDF of war crimes, and urging young Israelis to dodge the IDF draft.
“Many professors in Israeli academia are radical-left activists,” reads the website’s intro. “Some promote the academic boycott of Israel, some are signatories on petitions against serving in the IDF and on petitions accusing the IDF of war crimes, and some use the professor’s podium to preach anti-Israel rhetoric.”
“Im Tirtzu believes that the public has the right to know who these professors are and what they are saying. Because it is the taxes of the public who are funding these people,” the website states.
Among the professors included in the list are Hebrew University’s Daphna Golan, who supports refusing to serve in the IDF and has accused Israel of being an apartheid state; Tel-Aviv University’s Yehouda Shenhav, who accused Israel of “slaughter[ing] large numbers of wholly innocent people” in Gaza; Ben-Gurion University’s Niv Gordon, who promotes the BDS movement; and Haifa University’s Vered Kraus, who called to boycott Ariel University.
The website also features incidents of politicization in academia and encourages students to report anti-Zionist professors and cases of anti-Zionism in academia.
Matan Peleg, CEO of Im Tirtzu, stated that many professors take advantage of their position in Israel’s universities to incite against Israel. “This display of moral bankruptcy is something that should be known to every citizen in Israel. The website is an important step that will strengthen Israeli academia and make it more pluralistic and unbiased,” Peleg said.