Israel Prize Will Be Withheld From Professor Over Support of West Bank Boycott

'I cannot award the Israel Prize for academic achievements, impressive as they are, [to someone] who calls for boycotting academic institutions in Israel,' the education minister says

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Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton affirmed on Thursday her predecessor's decision to withhold the prestigious Israel Prize from a left-wing professor following his support for boycotting an Israeli academic institution in a West Bank settlement.

Shasha-Biton's predecessor, Yoav Gallant, informed Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit in June that he made a final decision to withhold the Israel Prize in mathematics and computer science from Prof. Oded Goldreich, in one of Gallant's final acts as minister. The High Court of Justice invalidated the decision in August and gave Shasha-Biton the option of deciding whether to approve Gallant's decision.

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