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‘Disciplining Mordechai Kedar violates academic freedom’

Association for Civil Rights in Israel calls on Bar Ilan University to cancel disciplinary actions over claims on Rabin assassination.

“We were very concerned about the University’s decision to invite Dr. Mordechai Kedar to a disciplinary committee, to suspend him from representing the University at conferences abroad and preventing his participation in a conference in South Africa as a University Representative.. Dr. Mordechai Kedar is a Ph.D. and a faculty member in the Department of Arabic at the University. Yesterday he took part in a rally in Goren Square in Petah Tikva, organized by those who support the prime minister and oppose his prosecution,” wrote Attorney Dan Yakir of the Association for Civil Rights.

“These steps constitute an improper violation of freedom of expression and academic freedom. Therefore, we would like to see to it that the disciplinary discussion to which Dr. Kedar is summoned and the suspension of his participation in overseas conferences be canceled.”

Earlier, Rector of Bar-Ilan University, Prof. Miriam Faust, summoned Dr. Kedar to the school’s disciplinary committee following his remarks about Rabin’s assassination.

Kedar threatened to resign if he was summoned to the disciplinary committee.

“If the university invites me to a disciplinary committee – I will file a resignation letter that instant,” he told Reshet Bet.