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This Is Our Science Minister

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10.07.2018

It seems that there’s no bottom to what Israeli elected officials are prepared to do to get votes from the right-wing electorate. “We support the IDF – and we fight refusal!” boasted Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis after he blocked the appointment of Prof. Yael Amitai, one of Israel’s leading brain science researchers, to a German-Israeli scientific committee because in 2005 she signed a petition supporting soldiers who refused to serve beyond the Green Line.

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Akunis’ blatant McCarthyism could be the basis for a cartoon about the Israel of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. There is no clearer expression of the poor quality of the Israeli government than a science minister who........

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