Professor David Kretzmer the co-chair B'Tselem board, recently signed the petition "Academic Freedom: For Whom?",(http://right2edu.birzeit.edu/news/printer563) blaming Israel for lack of academic freedom in the P/T and for not letting Palestinian students from Israeli universities to enter Israel. Most of those students were accepted by anti-Israel Israeli academics, such as Rachel Giora, Anna Sfard, Anat matar, Anat Biletzki and many more. For example Omar Barghouti, a doctoral student of philosophy (ethics) at Tel Aviv University calls for the boycott of Israel (http://www.counterpunch.org/barghouti12222004.html). Adel Hadmi was convicted and sentenced for stealing dangerous chemicals from Hebrew U laboratory (http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull&cid=1215331138688) and Ghazi-Walid Falah, ex-Tel Aviv university geographer was arrested for spying.
OLMERT INDICTED AS DEPUTY IS ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES
By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem
Monday, 8 September 2008
The Israeli Attorney General has been urged to launch a criminal
investigation into whether Shaul Mofaz, a leading prime ministerial
candidate, ordered "war crimes" to be committed when he was the
military's chief of staff.
A leading Israeli law professor has written to justice officials,
calling for the investigation into claims – highlighted by The
Independent last month – that during a briefing to army officers
in May 2001, after the start of the second Palestinian uprising, Mr
Mofaz ordered a daily "quota" of Palestinian deaths.
Last night, Israeli police recommended to prosecutors that the Prime
Minister, Ehud Olmert, be indicted in a corruption investigation. With
Mr Olmert committed to resigning after his Kadima party holds a
leadership vote a week today, the recommendation will have no
immediate impact on his tenure and does not guarantee an indictment by
the Attorney General.
The Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, is the front-runner in the
contest for the leadership of Kadima. Mr Mofaz, the Deputy Prime
Minister, is his main rival.
David Kretzmer, emeritus professor of international law at the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, says that accounts of the briefing by
Mr Mofaz give rise "to a grave suspicion" that he "committed serious
offences, some of which at least, fall into the category of war
The letter to the Attorney General, Menachem Mazuz, refers to a book
by two Israeli journalists, Raviv Drucker and Ofer Shelah, which says
that Mr Mofaz, after ensuring he was not being officially recorded,
called for a Palestinian death toll of 70 per day.
Professor Kretzmer tells Mr Mazuz that one lesson of the corruption
inquiry into Mr Olmert is that it is best to investigate candidates
for high office before they reach it. "Otherwise the public is liable
to be exposed once more to the disgrace of having police officers
arrive at the Prime Minister's official residence in order to
Police have urged Mr Mazuz to indict Mr Olmert on two counts –
that he funded personal trips abroad for himself and his family with
money secured by the multiple billing of public organisations, and
another arising out of claims by a US businessman, Morris Talansky,
that he illegally used political donations for personal expenditure.
It is up to Mr Mazuz to decide if Mr Olmert should be indicted.
The Shelah/Drucker book, Boomerang: The Failure Of Leadership In The
Second Intifada, says that while Mr Mofaz's alleged instruction caused
disquiet among some senior officers, a Hebron district commander said
that the subsequent fatal shooting of a Palestinian policeman was in
accordance with the briefing.
Professor Kretzmer, who also holds a senior academic post at the
University of Ulster, says that an order to kill people "by quota" is
"not consistent with the norms of humanitarian law", and that the test
of proportionality is especially relevant in cases of military
occupation, in which even the actions of armed groups do not "relieve
the Army of its obligations to residents of the territory".
The letter cites reports in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz in 2001
and 2002 which, he says, raise suspicions that Mr Mofaz ordered
officers to shoot at every armed Palestinian regardless of the threat
posed to Israeli forces.
It points out that at the start of hostilities in 2000, Palestinian
police in particular were armed by agreement with the Israeli
government, that the military had insisted the conflict was with armed
groups and not against the Palestinian Authority or people, and that
the Geneva Conventions prohibited killing people not taking part in
Noting that countries are obliged to investigate grave breaches of
the conventions, he warns that if the Israeli authorities do not do
so, "there is a fear that it may be carried out by the authorities of
Professor Kretzmer has been told his letter has been passed to
"relevant persons" in the justice ministry who will read it. A
ministry spokesman said this did not mean that it accepted there was a
case against Mr Mofaz, or that an investigation would be launched, and
it was normal that "any complaint or letter" was studied before a
reply was drafted. There was no response from Mr Mofaz's office.
In 2002, while Mr Mofaz was visiting Britain, the British lawyer
Imran Khan, representing a group of Palestinians, presented the
Director of Public Prosecutions with claims of other war crimes by Mr
Mofaz, including targeted assassinations and the demolition of
Palestinian homes. While Mr Khan claimed the DPP had passed the file
to Scotland Yard's "crimes against humanity" section, no action was
taken before Mr Mofaz departed.