Im Tirtzu: “Such acts against uniformed soldiers cannot be tolerated.”

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Im Tirtzu calls out Hebrew U: "We call upon Education Minister Bennett to immediately intervene and fire this violent lecturer. Such acts against uniformed soldiers cannot be tolerated.”

(January 2, 2019 / KDJ) An incident transpiring at the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem made headlines when professor Dr. Carola Hilfrich, a senior lecturer, slammed a student for complaining about being scrutinized by an Arab colleague for wearing their military uniform in the classroom.  

When the soldier approached the professor to indicate the curriculum in place for military personnel, Dr. Hilfrich insisted that, “This isn’t our class; you can’t be naive, to be here in uniform and want to be treated as a civilian.”

“You are a soldier in the Israeli army and they’ll treat you accordingly,” the professor continues.  When the soldier tries to explain that she rejected political confrontation in the academic theatre, they further emphasize their role in defending both the State and all of its citizens.

The student then asks the teacher if it bothered her that they were sitting in uniform in the classroom.

“There are people whose civil society is as important to them as the army is to you and you must accept their priorities as tolerantly as they accent and confront your priorities,” Dr. Hilfrich argues.

The lecturer, unwilling to maintain the dialogue tells the soldier in uniform, “If you have something to say, write a letter. I have other matters, I listened enough and told you what I think, you don’t even respect my time.”

A statement was released by the Hebrew University, “The Hebrew University said in response: “The Hebrew University honors all its students, including those who come to study during their military service, whether they are regular soldiers, career soldiers, or reservists. These students also receive additional academic support if necessary. The Hebrew University’s management condemns disrespectful behavior between students and students, and between faculty members and students. The university and the lecturer apologize to the student who felt hurt, and we will continue to work to strengthen the sense of personal security of each student.”

The original conversation in Hebrew can be streamed in the Tweets below from Kan News:

The grassroots Zionist organization in Israel, Im Tirtzu, commented on the circumstances in their latest press release:

“This is a new low in Israeli academia. If the academic code of ethics is not enforced, it will be useless and will not bring about any change. We call upon Education Minister Bennett to immediately intervene and fire this violent lecturer. Such acts against uniformed soldiers cannot be tolerated.”