Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon wrote a letter to some 30 MKs on Monday advising them not to submit a bill they sponsored that would sanction colleges and universities that host ceremonies marking Israel's independence as a catastrophe.

Yinon wrote the MKs that such a bill was "unacceptable in democratic countries that raise the banner of free speech, political expression, and academic freedom." He said the legislation violated basic laws and was legally problematic.

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The sponsors of the bill, led by Knesset Education Committee chairman Alex Miller (Israel Beiteinu), still intend to submit it. Due to a rotation agreement, Miller will be replaced as committee chairman on Wednesday by Independence MK Einat Wilf.

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