High Court issues ruling likely denying BDS-backing prof Israel Prize this year

Oded Goldreich (CC BY-SA 3.0)/Wikipedia)

The High Court issues a ruling that means the Israel Prize likely won’t be awarded next week to Weizmann Institute computer scientist Professor Oded Goldreich, due to evidence that he supports the anti-Israel Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Israel in 2011 passed a law aimed at preventing “doing harm to the country using boycotts.”

After right-wing group Im Tirtzu handed Education Minister Yoav Gallant the documents, the top court rules that it isn’t clear whether the current matter falls under the circumstances outlined in the law.

It gives Gallant 30 days to examine the evidence and make a decision.

This means that most likely, Goldreich won’t receive the prestigious prize in this year’s Independence Day. However, he may end up getting it next year.