Cancelling National Service in Anti-Israel NGOs
On Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill that Im Tirtzu helped craft with MK Amir Ohana (Likud) aimed at cancelling National Service positions in organizations that receive the majority of their funding from foreign governments. Although the bill still needs to go to the Knesset plenum to be passed into law, this approval is a significant hurdle that signifies the coalition’s support for the legislation.
Last night, Prime Minister Netanyahu openly called to support the bill, posting an article about the bill’s approval on his Facebook page with the accompanying words: “putting an end to this absurdity.”
We are excited to see the fruits of IMTI’s labor unfolding before our eyes. Like the Transparency Law, we will keep working hard to ensure that this bill becomes law; a law that will help us preserve Israeli sovereignty from those seeking to undermine it.
Im Tirtzu received significant media coverage (both in Hebrew and English) together with the bill. You can read more here in English: Jerusalem Post, Jewish Press, Haaretz, Israel National News, Israel Hayom, World Israel News
Fight Against Politicization in Academia
Im Tirtzu’s ongoing fight against politicization in academia also made a tremendous stride when Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced his plans to implement a code conduct in academic institutions in response to continued complaints over academic politicization.
This reached its peak after Im Tirtzu helped a dozen of bereaved families write a letter to Naftali Bennett after the movement exposed how a Hebrew U program offered scholarships and academic credits in exchange for interning in anti-Israel organizations like B’Tselem. You can read more here: Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Netanyahu Embraces our Call for InvestigationIm Tirzu
Im Tirtzu has also continued reacting to real time events occurring in Israel. After turning to the Attorney General with a request to open a criminal investigation against MK Jamal Zahalka, who knowingly lives in an illegally-built home, Prime Minister Netanyahu embraced our call on his Facebook page and similarly called on the Israeli public “to join in this just demand.” You can read more here: Yeshiva World News
Tours to Hebron
Our campus branches have also begun organizing regular tours to Hebron together with the Jewish Community of Hebron. These important tours aim to strengthen the historical and national connection to the city, and provide a response to radical organizations that use Hebron as a prominent means to slander and delegitimize Israel. You can read more here: Jewish Press
Jerusalem’s 50th Reunification Anniversary Photo Celebration at Knesset
On December 27, we will be holding the inaugural event at the Israeli Knesset for our international photo exhibition celebrating the 50th year of Jerusalem’s reunification. This is an exciting opportunity to show the world the beauty of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty (invitation attached). The exhibition will feature the pictures of renowned Jerusalem photographer, Sharon Gabay.
Zionist Conference for Human Rights
On Sunday night, Im Tirtzu held its 4th annual Zionist Conference for Human Rights, with this year’s focus on the integration of minorities into Israeli society. The conference is an important event demonstrating the unbreakable connection between human rights and Zionism. It also provides an answer to the anti-Israel propaganda that hijacks the idea of human rights to slander Israel. You can read more here: Times of Israel, Israel National News
Seminars for Zionist Thought
On campuses, IMTI’s Seminars for Zionist Thought are in full force. The first two lectures, featuring Nobel Prize Laureate Yisrael Aumann in Tel Aviv U and Dr. Guy Bechor in Ben-Gurion U, brought hundreds of students out (pictures attached). This week, journalist Ben-Dror Yemini is coming to Tel Aviv U and next week Hebrew U is holding its opening lecture featuring Channel 10 anchor and senior defense correspondent, journalist Ben-David.
We can confidently say that Im Tirtzu is finishing the year 2016 in the right way, and we will continue working hard on behalf of the State of Israel and the Jewish People in 2017.
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