Attorney General asks Netanyahu not to make decisions on Israel Prize judges during election

February 13, 2015 09:54

The Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday not to make decisions regarding the judges for the Israel Prize.  

Weinstein's request comes after Netanyahu was severely criticized for rejecting Professors Avner Holtzman and Ariel Hirschfeld for the Literature Prize panel and filmmaker Chaim Sharir for the judge’s panel for the Israel Prize in Film.

In the wake of Netanyahu's decision, six authors and academics resigned from the Literature panel, as they decried “the clear politicization of the prize,” casting doubt on whether the prize would be awarded this year.

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