ADL Wants Hebrew U. to Take Stand on Academic's Nazi Jibe

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, wants Hebrew University to take action in response to statements made by the chair of the institution's German Studies department, Prof. Moshe Zimmerman, who likened Israel Defense Forces soldiers and other Israeli authorities to Nazis.

In a letter sent to Hebrew University President Prof. Menachem Magidor, Foxman writes that while every professor has the right to express his or her opinion, the university administration is obliged to consider taking action when certain opinions cross the line and are damaging to the institution and the Jewish people.

Foxman decided to intervene in the matter after it was repeatedly brought to his attention by another university lecturer, Dr. Yaacov Bergman of the School of Business Administration. Bergman urged Foxman to adopt the same approach he took in the case of Colombia University, when he demanded that the Ivy League school take action against lecturers there who had likened the IDF and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to Nazis.

Foxman did not ask for specific steps to be taken against Zimmerman, but he urged the university administration to take a stand on the matter.