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Court gives Shasha-Biton 21 days to decide on Israel Prize for Oded Goldreich
The High Court of Justice tells Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton she has 21 days to decide whether to give the Israel Prize to a professor accused of backing boycotts against Israel.
Her predecessor Yoav Gallant decided just before leaving office not to grant the prestigious prize to Oded Goldreich, a professor of computer science at Israel’s Weizmann Institute.
Goldreich was selected by the prize committee for his work on computational complexity theory, but Gallant blocked him, alleging he backs the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Goldreich has denied backing BDS but said he objects to West Bank settlements.