An Israeli government panel for higher education headed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett yesterday adopted â€śa code of ethicsâ€¦that moves to bar academics from calling for a boycott of Israelâ€ť, reported Haaretz.
According to the paper, the principles call for a â€śban on discrimination, positive or negative, of students based on their political opinions,â€ť and a â€śban on discrimination, positive or negative, of a faculty member or candidate for such or for promotion, based on their political opinions.â€ť
The fourth principle bans â€śparty propaganda in the framework of teaching,â€ť and the fifth would prohibit â€śpresenting or publishing materials â€świth political or personal opinions as if they are the opinions of the institutionâ€ť.
The measures, Haaretz says, â€śwould extend to both teaching faculty and administrators.â€ť
In addition, the committee also proposed that lecturers be prohibited from â€śwrongly taking advantage of the teaching platform to systematically and improperly exhort a political position that clearly exceeds what is required by the teaching of the course in its broader context within its field/â€ť
The principles have been sent to the heads of Israelâ€™s academic institutions for response, before the issue is then â€śbrought before the entire councilâ€ť.
The Committee of University Heads has called the code â€śa collection of government-dictated rules over an ensemble of academic activities of the academic faculty in Israelâ€ť.