Israeli High School Defies Minister, Hosts Lecture by B'Tselem Director

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Some 300 12th graders at the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa participated in a Zoom lecture Monday morning with the director of the human rights group B’Tselem, Hagai El-Ad, which was held despite an order from the Education Ministry to cancel it.

On Sunday Education Minister Yoav Gallant instructed the ministry director-general to bar schools from hosting representatives of organizations “that treat IDF soldiers with contempt and call Israel an apartheid state,” and ministry officials conveyed the order to the Reali School. The school asked the ministry for the legal basis on which its decision had been based, and when it got no reply, it went ahead with the lecture. The education minister’s bureau said it was considering how to respond.

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