A scandal has erupted at Tel Aviv University following a post by Dr. Anat Matar, a lecturer in the university's philosophy department, mourning the death of terrorist Walid Daka.

Daka, who was involved in the kidnapping and murder of IDF soldier Moshe Tamam in 1984, died in an Israeli prison late last week.

Dr. Anat Matar's post read: "Farewell, dear and beloved friend. You have been and will remain a source of endless inspiration. My heart goes out to your family and loved ones today, as well as to the entire Palestinian people who have lost one of their most beautiful sons."

Student groups have launched a petition demanding Dr. Matar's dismissal.

The Btsalmo organization has filed a complaint with the university's dean's office, alleging a violation of ethical standards. Btsalmo is also considering lodging a complaint with the police.

Avigdor Lieberman, the head of the Israel Our Home party, has called for Dr. Anat Matar's immediate dismissal.

Tel Aviv University issued a statement, saying, "The university condemns and strongly rejects Anat Matar’s statements. This was a private speech outside the academy. The incident will be examined, and decisions will be made in accordance with the university’s regulations on freedom of speech."