Knesset passes law allowing Israel to be CERN member state

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November 12, 2013 19:08

 
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Israel will become a full member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), after the Knesset passed a bill Tuesday night giving Israeli researchers at CERN the same rights as diplomats.

The new law, which was authorized in a final vote with 56 MKs in favor and none opposed, gives Israeli CERN researchers diplomatic immunity and an exemption from income tax.Diplomatic rights are part of CERN's protocol, in order to prevent government intervention in its research.

CERN, which is located in Geneva, hosts the Large Hadron Collider, the highest-energy particle accelerator ever made, which was used to discover the Higgs-Boson or "God" particle.

The organization has 20 European member states. Israel was an associate member since 2011 and can now become a full member.

Currently, only two Israelis work at CERN and another 63 doctoral students receive research grants from the organization who will not get diplomats' rights.

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