CAIRO - Appalled by incessant crimes against innocent Palestinians, Israeli professors are increasingly speaking out and encouraging students and soldiers to dissent government policies. "It is estimated that some 20 to 25% of people who teach the Humanities and Social Sciences in Israel's universities and colleges have expressed extreme anti-Zionist positions," the Israel-Academia Monitor said in a new study.
It said they have engaged in public demonstrations and sponsored petitions addressed to Israeli soldiers not serve in the occupied West Bank.
"In particular is the distressing use of the analogy between Israel policy and practices of the Nazi regime in WWII," wrote the critical study.
It also added that such academic personnel travel abroad and consistently denounce Israel.
"They have been active in encouraging academic organizations abroad to boycott Israel universities and academics."
The study blasted the outspoken university students as life time
communists with a Marxist ideology.
Israel Academia Monitor has been documenting what it calls anti-Israel, anti-Semitic behavior of the senior staff at major Israeli universities.
It describes such professors as "radicals who collaborate with
anti-Semites and bashers of Israel from around the world."
The study accuses Ben Gurion University professor Ban Bar-On of drawing a parallel between Israeli practices against the Palestinians and the Holocaust, , Yediot Ahronot said on Monday, January 21.
"Some of the aggression that the Jews did not exercise against the Germans, they are expressing against Palestinians," Bar-On wrote last April.
It accused the psychology professor has promoted textbooks describing Palestinian resistance activists as freedom fighters.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni admitted in 2006 that Palestinians who attack Israeli soldiers cannot be defined as terrorists.
"Somebody who is fighting against Israeli soldiers is an enemy and we will fight back, but I believe that this not under the definition of terrorism, if the target is a soldier," she told the US televisionwork ABC.
The study also criticized Professor Tamar Yarom, a professor at Hebrew University's college of arts.
Yarom has produced a documentary, "Would I smile?" accusing Israeli soldiers of atrocities against the Palestinians.
"I have served in the West Bank during the first intifada in 1987 - 1988, and when I finished my service I wondered 'how would a woman like me take part in suppressing and oppressing another nation'," she once said.
"How can a gentle woman remain silent regarding this cruel violence against the Palestinian people?"
A growing number of Israeli celebrities and young people is evading compulsory military service by claiming to be religious or pretending to be mentally ill.
Erlik Alhanan, the public face of Israeli refuseniks, has said that the number of reservists refusing to serve in the occupied Palestinian territories has been on the rise.
In September 2003, twenty-seven Israeli reserve and active duty airmen signed a letter addressed to then Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon, refusing to carry out "immoral and illegal" raids on Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The study criticized university professors for adopting the Arab version for the creation of Israel in 1948.
It noted that the Hebrew University recently hosted a two-day seminar about the Israeli occupation of Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).
Israel occupied Al-Quds in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the city in a move unrecognized by the international community.
The seminar organizers urged students to tour the holy city and tell visitors about the Palestinian Nakba, the termed used to refer to the creation of Israel on the rubble of Palestine and bodies of the
On April 18, 1948, Palestinian Tiberius was captured by Menachem Begin's Irgun group, putting its 5,500 Palestinian residents in flight. On April 22, Haifa fell to the Zionist mobs and 70,000 Palestinians fled.
On April 25, Irgun began bombarding civilian sectors of the Palestinian city of Jaffa - the largest city in Palestine at that time, terrifying the 750,000 inhabitants into panicky flight.
On May 14, the day before the creation of Israel, Jaffa completely surrendered to the much better-equipped Zionist gangs and only about 4,500 of its population remained.
The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) estimates that there are more than 5 million Palestinian refugees, including 1.4 million living in refugee camps inside the Palestinian territories.