Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hebrew University is complicit in Israel’s human rights abuse, because the University encouraged students to serve in the 2014 assault on Gaza. It provided financial assistance and academic concessions to act as incentives to students to join the war effort. The University also runs the elite Talpiot program, which recruits advanced students to a fully funded three-year program of study, followed by six years of work for research and development programs with the army. Whilst at the University, students study in uniform and live at a military base on campus, where they also undergo military training.

  • Details of Hebrew University’s close support of the Israel military: Largest-ever class of military track med students to begin studies, Jerusalem Post, Oct 2013
  • Warmongering Hebrew University tries to muzzle Palestinian students, Yara Sa’di, The Electronic Intifada, Oct 2014
  • During Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza:
    • Hebrew University release a letter declaring “The university is joining the war effort to support its warrior students, in order to minimize the financial burden” on those who were called up to join the Israeli offensive on Gaza. The university calls on “friends and alumni” to donate to a special scholarship fund and links to a donation page that allows gifts to be earmarked for the “Protective Edge” fund. Hebrew University is also providing its “warrior students” with discounts and sales for reservists, extra tutoring before tests, rebates on test preparation courses, free extensions of gym memberships, special access to the library when it is closed to other students, and a 50 percent discount on monthly public transit passes through the end of August.
    • Hebrew University announced a collection for goods such as snacks, cigarettes and hygiene products “for the soldiers at the front according to the demand reported by the IDF [Israeli army] units.” According to a notice signed by the university management, the academic staff committee and the official student union, “we have opened collection centers on all four campuses”.
  • Michael Federmann, Chairman of Elbit Systems ( the largest privately owned armament maker) is chairman of the board of governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (the Hebrew University). Elbit is “one of two main providers of the electronic detection fence” in the West Bank, judged to violate international law by the International Court of Justice.
  • Mr. Moshe Arad serves as Director at Elbit Systems Ltd, since May, 2005. He has served as Vice President for External Relations of the Hebrew University from 1994 to 2004.
  • All Israeli military colleges and training facilities are under the academic auspices and responsibility (see p.17) of the Hebrew University.
  • “In terms of BW [biological warfare] research, development, and deployment, Israel maintains reticence and ambiguity about its activities and capabilities. Several other institutions, including Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and Technion also publish select agent research.”
  • In 1968 Hebrew University of Jerusalem illegally acquired a significant portion of the land on which its Mount Scopus campus and dormitories are built. This land is part of East Jerusalem, which is under illegal occupation according to international law (also see here). By moving Israelis (staff and students) to work and live on occupied Palestinian land, the Hebrew University is, therefore, in violation of the international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention.
  • Israel’s super-elite Talpiot military program  (also see here). Students attend undergraduate degrees in uniform, followed by six or more years of research-and-development work for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).
  • National Defense College is planned (also see here) for an area south of Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus. Interior Ministry spokeswoman says location was chosen due to its proximity to the Hebrew University, allowing soldiers to take advantage of university courses during their studies.
  • Also see: pp.37-38 of Academic Boycott of Israel and the complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions, Uri Yacobi Keller, Special edition of The Economy of the Occupation A Socioeconomic Bulletin № 23-24; The Alternative Information Center, Oct 2009.
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