ACRI tells Rivlin: Reinstate 'Leftist' researcher

January 7, 2013 16:04

Hagai El-Ad, Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) on Monday wrote to Knesset Speaker Ruven Rivlin to protest the dismissal of Dr. Gilad Nathan from his position as a researcher at the Knesset Research and Information Center.

In the letter, El-Ad warned that the Dr. Natan's removal cast a "heavy shadow on the Knesset Center for Research and Information, whose researchers now know that if they want to keep their jobs, they must tailor their research to government positions."

According to the ACRI statement, the excuse for Natan's dismissal was the publication, three years ago, of articles of a political nature that revealed "uncomfortable" findings, such as finding shortcomings in the operation of state institutions, and the baseless accusation of blaming recent high crime rates on refugees from Africa.

El-Ad added: "It is unfortunate to discover that the Knesset too has lent a hand to McCarthyism," and refers to the 951 Supreme Court decision holding that government authorities cannot harass public employees on the basis of their beliefs or positions.

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