Academics, activists condemn firing of Maoz

January 12, 2012 21:05
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Responses are pouring in to support former Excellence Investments Ltd. chief economist Shlomo Maoz, who was fired Wednesday, following a screed against Ashkenazim in a speech at the Sapir Academic College.

In a statement today, Sapir Academic College says, "The freedom of expression is a basic value in academia and individual rights. Some of the opinions made by Mr. Maoz were unpleasant to hear, and the college does not agree with most of them, but we strongly insist on the right of every person to express his position on the academic dais without losing his livelihood as a consequence."

The college added, "The Sapir Conference on Alternative Politics is an important stage for the exchange of opinions and arguments about issues on today's agenda in Israel. It allows academics, economists, and social leaders to hold a deep and serious discussion on policy issues with the intent of providing a sharp clarity about the issues raised by the social protest. We consider the action taken against Mr. Maoz as a major blow to pluralism, which a democratic society cannot tolerate."

Excellence said in response, "We believe in the right of every employee to have any opinion or perspective of any kind, but as managers of the public's money, there is no authority to mix their personal opinions in their work. Our duty to our members is purpose, professionalism, and integrity."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
September 20, 2018
Trump to hold meeting with Netanyahu, other leaders at UN General Assembly