Zionist groups expressed satisfaction Friday over the decision to investigate Professor Eyal Nir for incitement. Nir called on the public to attack Zionist youth dancing in the streets on Jerusalem day and “break their elbows.”
The Land of Israel Legal Forum said the decision was a good one, but questioned why prosecutors had waited several months to look into Nir’s statements. If a right-wing professor had called to attack leftist demonstrators, it would have taken the Justice Ministry just days to decide to open an investigation, Forum activists said.
“The wheels of justice turn slowly and with astonishing selectivity,” said forum head Nachi Eyal.
The Im Tirzu student group warned that Nir is not alone. “Ben Gurion University has been a greenhouse for the extreme left for some time,” activists said, mentioning notoriously anti-Zionist professors Niv Gordon and Oren Yiftahel among others.
The university has the responsibility to act immediately against professors who use their publicly-funded positions to spread extreme-left incitement, the group said. “A lecturer must not continue to work in the university while inciting to murder.”
MK Ofir Akunis (Likud) said the decision was a sign of a welcome turn-around. “For years, the issue of leftist incitement against the right has been ignored,” he said. “It must be handled with the full force of the law.”