In response to Israel’s recent demolition of illegally constructed buildings in the Wadi al-Hummus region of Sur Baher on the outskirts of eastern Jerusalem, senior Hebrew University Professor Amiram Goldblum called the soldiers involved in the demolitions “Jewish terrorists” and wished for a “lighting bolt” to strike them down.
“If there was a God, he would’ve brought down a lightning bolt on the Jewish terrorists who destroyed the home,” wrote Goldblum on Facebook.
In the same post, Goldblum also called Israel an “apartheid state,” and said that he hopes the building’s residents seek revenge on the soldiers.
“The caligae [derogatory term for soldiers] of the apartheid state Israel are demolishing homes in Area A of miserable Palestinians in a modern method,” posted Goldblum. “I hope that the home will avenge its blood against its destroyers and the ones who gave the orders.”
Goldblum, who serves on the public council for the far-left New Israel Fund, is an outspoken critic of Israel and no stranger to controversy.
In June 2018, he called student activists from the pro-Israel Im Tirtzu organization “Nazi dogs” and threatened to prevent them from getting into advanced degree programs.
Dozens of students at Hebrew University affiliated with Im Tirtzu submitted a formal complaint to the university, which condemned Goldblum’s remarks, but did not impose disciplinary measures on him.
Matan Peleg, CEO of Im Tirtzu, which discovered the post, called it “disgraceful,” and said that Im Tirtzu is urging its followers to report it to Facebook as incitement.