Minister tells Israeli university to rethink ceremony marking Palestinian Nakba (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Talila Nesher 05/14/12)
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Education Minister and Council for Higher Education Chairman Gideon
Sa´ar is attempting to interfere with the decision of Tel Aviv
University to allow a Nakba Day memorial ceremony to take place on
campus on Monday.
Sa´ar called TAU President Professor Yossef Kalupter on Sunday and
requested that the university reconsider its decision to allow the
event to take place.
Sa´ar´s press advisor told Haaretz in response that "the education
minister is of the opinion that the decision is wrong and
MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beiteinu), who chairs the Knesset´s Education
Committee, plans to hold a discussion on the subject on Monday. "It
is shameful that such an event is meant to happen in public, it´s a
direct blow against the symbols of the state and its sovereignty. The
university´s management must cancel the event immediately and return
sanity to the system," he said.
Last week, Haaretz reported that the university´s dean of students
had decided to allow the ceremony to take place, on the condition
that students pay for security guards for the event themselves.
In January, the High Court of Justice upheld the controversial Nakba
Law passed by the Knesset last March, which grants the Finance
Minister the authority to reduce the budget of state-funded bodies
that openly reject Israel as a Jewish state or mark the state´s
Independence Day as a day of mourning.
The university´s security unit also decided to change the location of
the protest to a less central location.
On the ceremony’s agenda is a reading of a poem by poet Mahmoud
Darwish, a moment of silence, as well a reading of an alternative
version of the “Yizkor” prayer traditionally read at events
commemorating fallen soldiers.
In order to make for equal, open, and calm relations between Jews and
Arabs in this country, Israel must recognize the disaster that befell
the Palestinian people," explained Noa Levy, one of the organizers of
"We must recognize the catastrophe, and begin to understand the
correct, and just way to fix it. Acknowledgement is the first step,
and that is what is happening here on Monday," said Levy. (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/14/12)
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