An Israeli government panel for higher education headed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett yesterday adopted âa code of ethicsâŚthat moves to bar academics from calling for a boycott of Israelâ, reported Haaretz.
According to the paper, the principles call for a âban on discrimination, positive or negative, of students based on their political opinions,â and a âban on discrimination, positive or negative, of a faculty member or candidate for such or for promotion, based on their political opinions.â
The fourth principle bans âparty propaganda in the framework of teaching,â and the fifth would prohibit âpresenting or publishing materials âwith political or personal opinions as if they are the opinions of the institutionâ.
The measures, Haaretz says, âwould extend to both teaching faculty and administrators.â
In addition, the committee also proposed that lecturers be prohibited from âwrongly 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
The principles have been sent to the heads of Israelâs academic institutions for response, before the issue is then âbrought before the entire councilâ.
The Committee of University Heads has called the code âa collection of government-dictated rules over an ensemble of academic activities of the academic faculty in Israelâ.