The Im Tirtzu organization has published a new report concerning what it describes as the "severe politicization" of legal clinics at the University of Haifa.
The report focuses on three clinics in particular, the Clinic for Prisoners' Rights, the Clinic for Human Rights in Society and the Clinic for the Rights of the Arab-Palestinian Minority.
The report says that these clinics have become anti-Zionist, radical organizations that "cooperate with organizations that oppose the existence of the State of Israel as a democratic state."
The report also says that the causes chosen by these clinics are part of the "Arab nationalist struggle against Zionism." These causes, according to the report, include undermining the status of the national anthem, providing legal aid to Arab-Israeli security prisoners and opposing Jewish settlement in Acre and Meron. Furthermore, the clinics use public funds and enlist unsuspecting, well-meaning students towards an Arab nationalist agenda, the report says.
Out of more than 20 legal cases that the clinics have handled since 2009, only two were the cases of Jews, the report stated. In all of the other cases, the clinics represented Arabs against the State of Israel (in one case the recipient of legal aid was not even an Israeli citizen). There are more than 10,000 prisoners in Israel. Out of these, 132 (about 1 percent) are Arab-Israeli security prisoners. Out of the 10 cases handled by the Clinic for Prisoners' Rights, eight (80%) involved security prisoners, the bulk of whom are terrorists.
The report names several people represented by the Clinic for Prisoner's Rights including Walid Daka, a terrorist who was convicted of belonging to a cell that kidnapped and murdered soldier Moshe Tamam; Karim Younis, a terrorist convicted of murdering the soldier Avraham Bromberg; and Fouad Sultani, a terrorist accused of spying for Hezbollah.
In addition, the report says, the activity of the three clinics influences the atmosphere on campus. For instance, the Clinic for the Rights of the Arab-Palestinian Minority initiated a project whose purpose is to undermine the status of the national anthem among Israeli Arabs. In June 2011, the law faculty even refrained from singing the national anthem at its graduation ceremony.
"It seems that some of the clinics at the University of Haifa have transformed from a beneficial social and learning project to a one-sided system of a political indoctrination," said Dr. Shahar Golan, the head of the research department at Im Tirtzu.
"The clinics mislead students and do not provide a faithful picture of their activity. Thus, our studies found dramatic differences between the way in which the clinics represent themselves in Hebrew and the way they represent themselves in English."
A spokesperson for the University of Haifa was contacted but did not respond to a request for comment by press time.