Do you have a Proper Management Certificate?
Yes, the association has a Proper Management Certificate.
Is Im Tirtzu a registered association in the State of Israel?
Yes, Im Tirtzu is Registered Association No. 580471662.
How can one make a donation to Im Tirtzu?
Is the association covered by Section 46?
Yes, the Im Tirtzu association is covered by Section 46 of the Income Tax Ordinance.
Do you issue a tax-exempt certificate for donations in the U.S. – 501C3?
Yes. A tax-exempt certificate can be received for donations made through CFI – Central Fund of Israel (the fund does not deduct a commission from the donation).
Is Im Tirtzu a political party?
No. Im Tirtzu is an extra-parliamentary movement that operates in order to influence the public ,political ,intellectual, media and cultural discourse in Israel but it does not operate as a political party and its membership includes activists who identify with the range of Zionist political parties in Israel.
What is Im Tirtzu’s main arena of activity?
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.
Is Im Tirtzu involved in political issues?
Yes. It is involved in political issues but not in political campaigns. Zionism is a political ideology that is concerned with the ways of realizing the political goals of the Jewish nation. Therefore, Im Tirtzu is a movement that endeavors to strengthen popular belief in the righteousness of the Jewish people’s cause and of the State of Israel among the Jewish public in Israel and around the world and in order to provide an antithesis to post-Zionist and anti-Zionist trends in Israel and elsewhere in the world.
What is Im Tirtzu’s position on the issue of the unity or division of Jerusalem?
Im Tirtzu believes it is crucial to preserve the unity of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty in any future political settlement. We believe the Jewish people’s moral-historical connection to historical-Jewish Jerusalem (the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Old City, the City of David, the Mount of Olives, etc.) is the basis of the Jewish people’s right to an independent sovereign state in the Land of Israel. The issue of the unity of Jerusalem should stand above any disagreements within Israeli society and the Zionist ethos, based on our moral rights to the Land of Israel with a united Jerusalem as its capital should be retained forever.
In the words of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, of blessed memory, ten days before he was assassinated in Tel Aviv: “In Israel we have no disagreements on one issue: the unity of Jerusalem and its continued establishment and consolidation as the capital of the State of Israel. There is no such thing as two Jerusalems. There is only one Jerusalem. As far as we are concerned, Jerusalem is not an issue to compromise on and there is no peace without Jerusalem.”
What is Im Tirtzu’s definition of Zionism?
Since its inception, the Zionist movement has consisted of ideologies and ideas that sometimes contradict each other. We believe one of the main reasons for the crisis Zionism and the State of Israel are undergoing is the fuzziness and lack of a clear definition of Zionism’s principles, goals and methods of operation. Therefore, we seek to generate a clear definition of Zionism today and what it entails. In our opinion, the concise and incisive definition of Zionism is the belief in the right of the Jewish people to an independent sovereign nation-state in the Land of Israel with its capital the united Jerusalem and the rights of the State of Israel to exist as a Jewish-democratic state and to defend its existence and its citizens by the necessary means.
What is the connection between Jerusalem and Zionism? Why do you consider the unity of Jerusalem a fundamental principle?
The issue of the unity or division of Jerusalem has occupied a central position in Israeli public discourse on political matters in recent years. Jerusalem is the most unmistakable symbol of the idea of a return to Zion which is the strongest and clearest ethos that expresses the Jewish people’s abiding aspirations of the past two thousand years to return to their homeland and establish an independent and sovereign life there. For millennia, Jews all over the world have continued to affirm their allegiance to Jerusalem by vowing “If I forget thee O Jerusalem may my right hand forget its cunning” and praying for “Next year in the rebuilt Jerusalem”. This sentence best expresses the hopes of the Jewish people to return to their ancient homeland and to reestablish Jewish sovereignty in their historical capital. While millions of Jews were dreaming of Jerusalem and focusing their prayers on it they did not have in mind today’s city center, the Knesset building, the Jerusalem Mall in Malcha or the cafés of Emek Refaim. Jerusalem for them meant the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The objects of their prayers were the Old City, the Mount of Olives and the City of David -the historical sites of Jewish Jerusalem.
The collision between the Jewish and the Palestinian national movements on the issue of Jerusalem is not incidental. The Palestinians deliberately claim the specific site that is most precious to Jewish sensibilities and that most powerfully symbolizes the Jews’ moral and historical rights to ownership and sovereignty, alleging that their own rights there override those of the Jewish people. It is not by chance that Palestinian leaders refuse to agree to move the border lines by a few hundred meters, not even in return for generous and far-reaching compensation and reimbursement in land elsewhere. The Palestinian national movement has no real interest in the stones of the Western Wall or the plaza of the Temple Mount and the decrepit buildings of the Old City. The Palestinian national movement is interested in receiving an Israeli declaration, signed by the elected leaders of the Jewish people, that even on the site where the Jewish claim to its rights in the land is strongest and most moral, even there the Palestinians’ “indigenous” rights override those of the Jewish “colonialists”. The leaders of Palestinian nationalism understand that which many of our leaders who live in a post-national culture have forgotten. They understand that the national life and the physical existence of a nation are primarily based on a foundational ethos and mythos.
Nations and cultures exist first of all on the foundation of their shared values and symbols, in light of which they consolidate their hopes and their vision. If the State of Israel waives ownership of historical-Jewish Jerusalem it would in fact have waived and destroyed the major fundamental symbol of Jewish nationalism. Such a waiver would be a declaration by the Jewish people before the entire world, and worst of all, to ourselves, that in the place where our rights are most established, the rights of the Palestinians and their commitment override our own rights and commitment. And if the Jewish people declare in Jerusalem that our own rights are inferior to those of the Palestinians, how could we continue to claim our rights in other regions of our country? How could we continue to claim that we have moral rights to Ramat Aviv or to Petach Tikva?
Are students the only activists in the movement?
No. The movement’s activities are based mainly on the campuses, but Im Tirtzu is an extra-parliamentary movement that aspires to influence the public discourse in Israel in general. Therefore, the movement is active not only on campuses, but also with reference to all the issues on the public agenda. In the public campaigns, demonstrations and tours the movement conducts one encounters activists of all age groups, from schoolchildren to devoted activists aged seventy or even eighty. In addition, we encourage people who were involved in our on-campus activities to continue to be active in the movement after they complete their studies as well.
Do your activities take place only in universities and colleges?
No. In addition to campus activities, we are also working to educate and inform the public media, and promote cultural and political discourse in Israel. Therefore, we conduct public and media campaigns to encourage and strengthen Israel and Zionism; we hold demonstrations and protest activities on issues that emerge on the public agenda, we publish articles in the press and on the major Israeli internet sites and portals and we conduct tours and trips throughout the country with the participation of Israelis from all walks of society. In addition, the movement’s leaders give lectures and participate in discussion panels in schools, community centers and in local youth and cultural centers, as well as many other suitable venues where the Zionist spirit can be appropriately disseminated.
Is Im Tirtzu active also among youths and in schools?
Yes. Although the movement focuses on strengthening Zionism among the student body, there are many youths who participate in the movement’s activities. In addition, we also conduct activities that are addressed specifically towards high school students and we give lectures, panel discussions and seminars in schools throughout the country. In addition, we are working to strengthen the motivation of high-school students to sign up for significant service in the IDF or in the National Service frameworks and we oppose the trend to dodge or refuse to serve in the IDF among young people of conscription age.
The movement includes young people from all over the country who distribute informative and advocacy materials in schools, initiate activities in their schools and participate as full-fledged members in the movement’s country-wide activities.
There are also many young people who regularly attend on-campus activities creating a particular subculture and encouraging social cohesion among Zionist youths before and after their military service.
Is Im Tirtzu also active abroad? Among Jewish communities or in advocacy for Israel?
Yes. The leaders of the movement are often invited to Jewish communities abroad to conduct lectures. In addition, many Jewish students who come to study in Israel become acquainted with Im Tirtzu’s information and advocacy material, which they take back to their countries of origin to distribute among their family and friends.
How long has the Im Tirtzu movement been active?
The movement was established at the end of 2006 by a few students at the Hebrew University. Since 2007 the movement has been a registered association in Israel.
The State of Israel is currently challenged by adverse and negative circumstances in the international arena. What is the movement doing in order to counteract and cope with this situation?
The State of Israel and Zionism have in recent years been challenged by a systematic worldwide campaign to discredit Israel and negate its rights to defend itself and continue to exist as a Jewish state. Regrettably, entities that are active within Israeli society have taken the lead in the campaign of incitement and anti-Israel propaganda, such as Israeli professors or academics who stand at the forefront of calls for an academic boycott of Israel, “New Historians” who distort history and seek to portray Zionism as a colonial enterprise or dozens of Israeli extra-parliamentary organizations who accuse Israel of war crimes and apartheid policies (such as “Breaking the Silence”, “Machsom Watch” and “Adallah”).
The picture is clear: the major damage in terms of Israel’s image and reputation is caused by Israeli individuals and organizations. For the past three years Im Tirtzu has been the main entity in Israel that has provided a response to the anti-Israel incitement and propaganda within Israel. The Im Tirtzu movement has been waging a systematic and consistent campaign to expose the lies, the distortions and the interests that are behind anti-Israel propaganda within Israel itself.
Members of Im Tirtzu have published articles that expose the lies and distortions that form the basis of anti-Zionist propaganda, conducting demonstrations and protest activities against the organizations that incite against Israel and working with the official entities in order to prevent collaboration between the State authorities, government ministries and local authorities and the organizations that are leading the anti-Israel propaganda campaign. Im Tirtzu is currently the main entity that provides responses to the mudslinging, the lies and the incitement against Israel that is being waged within Israel itself.
Is Im Tirtzu a left-wing or a right-wing movement?
Im Tirtzu is a movement that is active in order to strengthen and renew the values of Zionism within Israeli society. From the political-security aspects it is a centrist movement working to promote the vital interests of Israel with respect to the entire range of issues that emerge on the contemporary Israeli agenda.
The movement believes it is necessary to formulate an overall Zionist strategy that will integrate and combine the valid arguments of the right-wing pointing to the security risks of withdrawing to the pre-1967 borders, together with the valid arguments of the left-wing concerning Israel’s demographic problem.
Therefore, we believe that due to the demographic problem it is necessary to recognize the fact that we will not remain forever in the entire geographic areas we currently control, but the State of Israel has the right and the obligation to retain defensible borders in any future political settlement that may be reached.