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Thursday, April 08, 2021 

BDS-supporting professor loses Israel Prize nomination

The current Israeli education minister wisely took action to bar a Weizman professor from the Israel Prize due to his support for BDS:
Professor Oded Goldreich, of the Weizmann Institute of Science, who was set to receive the Israel Prize in mathematics and computer science next week on Israel’s Independence Day, will not receive the prize this year.

The High Court of Justice ruled Thursday that Minister of Education Yoav Gallant can reconsider the decision made by the Israel Prize selection committee to grant Goldreich the prize following his support for boycotts against Israeli institutions.

The court gave Gallant 30 days to discuss the issue, at which point the Israeli Prize ceremony will have passed.

Goldreich signed a petition on March 23 calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions in Judea and Samaria.

Earlier in March, Gallant demanded that the Israel Prize selection committee rescind its decision to award Goldreich with the prestigious prize due to his support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, which Goldreich subsequently denied.

Gallant cited a 2019 open letter signed by 240 Israeli and Jewish academics, including Goldreich, which called on the German government to reject its resolution equating BDS with anti-Semitism. The letter also urged Germany to continue funding organizations, including pro-BDS NGOs, which “peacefully challenge the Israeli occupation” and “expose severe violations of international law.”

Only eight days after Goldreich denied his support for the BDS, he signed a petition advocating the boycott of Israeli academic institutions in Judea and Samaria, notably Ariel University.
He sounds like quite a reprehensible person alright. Says something one day, does something contradictory the next. He doesn't deserve whatever wealth he must have either. Just a typical lefitst who believes right-wingers have no right to legacies and fame, obviously. No wonder he doesn't deserve the prize.

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