Im Tirtzu is an extra-parliamentary movement that works to strengthen and advance the values of Zionism in Israel. Im Tirtzu was established in 2006, after the Second Lebanon War, by Israeli intellectuals, students and IDF reservists. Im Tirtzu‘s main objectives focus on working towards a renewal of the Zionist discourse, Zionist thinking and Zionist ideology, to ensure the future of the Jewish nation and of the State of Israel and to advance Israeli society in coping with the challenges it faces. A major portion of Im Tirtzu’s efforts is devoted to combating the campaign of de-legitimization against the State of Israel and to providing responses to Post-Zionist and Anti-Zionist phenomena.
Im Tirtzu operates fifteen branches at universities and colleges throughout Israel, based on the understanding and the recognition of the fact that the student population must necessarily constitute the major vehicle of Zionist renewal. In recent years, Im Tirtzu has become one of the most important and influential organizations in the Israeli public arena. The movement maintains close ties with various actors in the Israeli political sphere, and its representatives have access to decision makers and high-ranking government officials in Israel. The Movement’s reports have become an important instrument in the formation of public opinion and in policy formulation by various parties in Israel.
Im Tirtzu operates fifteen branches in universities and colleges throughout Israel. The movement contributes to the strengthening of the Zionist and Jewish identity of Israeli students and encourages them to participate in Zionist activities in the Israeli academic sphere.
Solidarity and Mutual Commitment
One of Im Tirtzu‘s main objectives is to develop a sense of solidarity and mutual commitment among the different factions of Israeli society. Since 2006 tens of thousands of students have volunteered under the movement’s auspices, working towards the absorption of new immigrants, supporting students in need of assistance, helping Holocaust survivors, working with farmers in the Negev and Galilee, volunteering in Sderot, helping minorities to integrate in Israeli society, supporting soldiers and standing firm against anarchist demonstrators, planting forests, etc. Im Tirtzu launched a emergency hotline to help Israel under fire. The Hotline direct volunteers to those who need help. Our hotline reduces the workload of the authorities in times of crisis allowing them to focus on immediate national needs. But people in need do not disappear when the nation is no longer at war. Im Tirtzu knows that and developed this system to expand and contract based on the situation in Israel.
Im Tirtzu has been leading significant changes in the Israeli public and media discourse. From time to time the Movement has initiated wide-ranging public campaigns aimed at arousing a discussion on various issues. Among the movement’s major campaigns, we note the following:
- Publishing a report and launching a campaign in the Israeli media which revealed the connection between organizations supported by the New Israel Fund and the Goldstone Report. [read more]
- Publishing a report and launching a campaign in the Israeli media which revealed the connection between organizations supported by the New Israel Fund and the ongoing witch-hunt against senior Israeli public figures abroad. [read more]
- Publishing a report and launching a campaign in the Israeli media which revealed the anti-Zionist bias and the exclusion of Zionist positions and research within Israeli academic institutions. [read more]
- A campaign that presented the positions of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, OBM, on the issue of the indivisible unity of Jerusalem.
- Exposing the falsifications in the discourse on the issue of Israel’s War of Independence and the Nakba propaganda, and publishing the “Nakba-Nonesense” booklet which presents the true historical context and facts and the distortions made by anti-Israel propaganda in its attempts to re-write history.[read more]
- An overview of the activities of executives of the New Israel Fund and organizations funded by it that demonize Israel and the use of similar rhetoric by international organizations in their campaigns to boycott Israel [read more]
- The publication of a report on extreme left-wing groups who are fighting against benefits for released soldiers and soldiers in the reserves, and who are taking a stand against equality, and in favor of the separatism of the Arab minority. To read, click here.
- The writing of a report on the persecution of the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum. To read, click here.
- The publication of a report and the management of the media battle that revealed the politicization of the University of Haifa’s legal clinics. To read, click here.
- The publication of a report and the collection of thousands of signatures on a petition calling to stop the dictatorship of the High Court, entitled “The State Under Control of the High Court – Indictment: The High Court Against Israeli Democracy.” To read, click here.
- State Terrorism: Revealing the Palestinian financing dedicated to supporting the delegitimisation enterprise, including Betselem, Breaking the Silence, Doctors for Human Rights, Adalah, and more. To read, click here.
- A special report on Israeli organizations with consultative status in the United Nations who are against the policies of Israel. To read, click here.
- A report on the Israeli involvement in the UN report on Operation Protective Edge. To read, click here.
In addition, the The Democratic-Zionist Knesset Watch was established. It was established with the aims of supervision, education, and initiative that were designed to ensure the advancement of activities by Members of Knesset to strengthen the Jewish-Zionist and democratic character of the State of Israel.
Members of the The Democratic-Zionist Knesset Watch participate in the deliberations of Knesset committees, initiate law proposals to strengthen the Zionist character of Israel, and work to ensure that Members of Knesset do not forget that they were elected by the majority which believes in the strengthening and protection of the Jewish, democratic character of the State of Israel.