Haaretz, Jul 9, 2016


I was informed that Ben-Gurion University of the Negev had decided to grant me an honorary doctorate.

[...] I decided that it was necessary to defend academic freedom in Israel. In particular at a time when lecturers encounter persecution for expressing an opinion, for inviting a guest speaker who isn’t to the taste of the students or the administration, for declaring sorrow at the plight of innocent Palestinian victims, or for choosing to honor an NGO whose whole crime is to remind people that there exists an occupation, which, by its nature, is ugly and cruel.

As long as the BGU administration doesn’t change its decision about canceling the prize for Breaking the Silence, I have no choice but to take the hard road.