Pro-boycott academic to donate "Israel" prize grant to anti-settlement groups
Oded Goldreich has pledged to split his $23,000 prize between five human rights groups.
On Wednesday, a contentious "Israel Award" winner vowed to donate the prize money to a number of non-profit organizations opposed to the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Oded Goldreich, a computer science professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science who has advocated for a boycott of an Israeli institution in the West Bank, has announced that he will donate the NIS 75,000 ($23,283) award to organizations that oppose "Israel's" occupation of the West Bank.
Goldreich stated that he "will continue to do everything in my power to end the occupation, and I will fight for real equality for all the people of the land, and for social justice."
"Therefore, I intend to split the sum of the grant between five organizations that are working with determination for these exact goals."
A group of people recommended Goldreich for the "Israel" Prize, in mathematics and computer science last year.
However, immediately after his nomination was revealed, zionist parties demanded his removal, saying he backed a Palestinian-led boycott of the occupation.
Goldreich had signed a petition asking for a boycott of Ariel University in the occupied West Bank, in an attempt to persuade the German Parliament to reverse a vote labeling the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement anti-Semitic.
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In response to his pro-Palestinian stance, Yoav Galant, the former education minister, stripped Goldreich of the prize, showing just how dissenting voices are treated under the occupation.
"Israel's" High Court of Justice and Galant's successor Yifat Shasha-Biton upheld the decision before it was overturned last month by the supreme court.
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Dozens of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds
Dozens of settlers stormed Tuesday Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Al-Quds under the protection of Israeli occupation forces.
Palestinian media reported that dozens of Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque through Bab Al Maghariba, performed Talmudic rituals, and carried out provocative tours in its courtyards until they exited through Bab Al-Silsila.
On Monday evening, dozens of settlers carried out a simulation of the so-called "Passover sacrifice" in the area of the Umayyad palaces adjacent to the walls of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Media reports: "Israeli Jewish extremists are promoting financial rewards to those who carry out extremist provocations on the courtyards of Al-Aqsa, desecrating the mosque during Ramadan. Rewards include 10,000 shekels for the doing Passover sacrifice there." pic.twitter.com/xYwdICKo9Y— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) April 12, 2022