The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel demanded, Sunday, that the budget for Tel Aviv University be reduced because of plans to hold a Nakba Day ceremony on campus to reflect the hostile Arab view that the creation of the state of Israel represents a catastrophe (Nakba in Arabic). In a letter to the Attorney General's Office, attorney Avital Tzachor cited the statutes calling for reduction of state support for a school for supporting the observance of Independence Day as a day of mourning.
The university administration has allowed the "Zochrot" organization to hold an observance on the campus, during which a moment of silence will be held "in memory of villages that disappeared and recitation of the Hebrew memorial Yizkor prayer for "lives that were wiped out." Descendants of Arabs who left when the modern Jewish state was established will tell how their grandparents worlds "were destroyed." Tzachor called it "a campaign of delegitimization and subversion against the state of Israel, under the guise of legitimate academic discourse."