Kobi Snitz is a self-described anarchist who was a co-founder of Anarchists against the Wall, among other anarchist ventures. His BDS manifesto served as the basis for launching 'Boycott from Within' - a hard-core faculty-activist group that includes Rachel Giora and Anat Matar, both from Tel Aviv University.
Like other Israeli citizens, Snitz is entitled to express his political opinions. More troubling, however, is his apparent violation of the Knesset anti-boycott law of 2011. The 'Boycott from Within' group has enjoyed a close ideological relationship with Omar Barghoutti of PACBI – a leading force in the current wave of BDS. In fact, the notice below indicates, Snitz is getting ready to travel to Vancouver to speak in support of BDS. As noted in his interview from 2011, he does not consider the law to be an impediment to his BDS activism.
Over time, Snitz and other anarchists developed an effective modus operandi befitting a direct-action group; they participate in demonstrations with a view of being arrested for various infractions of the law. Indeed, a perusal of Snitz’s record indicates a large number of arrests, appearance in courts and related time-consuming activities.
Like in the case of other radical activists, Snitz’s academic position is highly helpful; it provides him with ample time to engage in direct action, not to mention his travels abroad to spread the BDS message.
Not incidentally, Snitz’s research seems to have suffered badly; compared to publication record of other scholars in the highly-ranked Weizmann Institute, his is very limited. Unfortunately, Snitz is not the only one in the radical fraternity to abuse his position; as IAM reported, Anat Matar and others have parleyed their tenured positions into virtually full-time political activism.
The question raised in this case is obvious; why should Israeli tax payers support a full-time anarchist and a part-time scholar?
- From: Kobi Snitz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: bbffww <email@example.com>, againstwall againstwall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: [againstwall]
- Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:08:47 +0200
I will be in Vancouver in April and a friend is organizing a talk. I
plan to talk about BDS from within as well as Israelis and popular
I am asking for the group's consent, if someone has concerns or
objections please write me directly.
- [againstwall], Kobi Snitz, 03/20/2014