Communist Party of Israel

The Israel Prize Committee submitted a petition on Tuesday, March 30, to the Supreme Court against far-right Education Minister Yoav Galant, who they say is attempting to intervene and prevent a professor active in Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel from receiving the prestigious award. Justice Yael Vilner set a hearing for April 5 and ordered that details of the petition be kept confidential. According to Zo Haderech, Galant is said to have asked the committee to rescind their decision to award the prize to Professor Oded Goldreich from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Weizmann Institute. However, the Council of the Israel National Academy of Sciences informed the minister that the Israel Prize is awarded based only on excellence in research, irrespective of politics. Professor Oded Goldreich (Photo: Weizmann Institute) Galant reportedly exploded when he unofficially learned in early March that the recipient of this year’s…

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Israel Prize Comm. Files Petition vs. Far-Right Education Minister