Sa'ar asks TAU to reconsider allowing Nakba commemoration

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 11, 2012 20:34

 
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Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar asked Tel Aviv University President Professor Joseph Klaftner to reconsider his decision to allow students to organize an on-campus ceremony to commemorate Nakba Day.

The annual commemoration is when Arabs mourn the creation of the State of Israel at the expense of the Palestinians that were living in territory Israeli forces liberated in 1948.

The university announced this week that it would allow students to organize a Nakba Day commemoration under certain provisions, including hiring six school security guards to monitor the day's events. The school administration also prohibited organizers from using a PA system and hanging flags and banners.

Students organizing the event said the commemoration would include a moment of silence in order to emphasize the importance of the Palestinian day of mourning, which falls on the day after Gregorian date of Israel's independence. The event at Tel Aviv University is scheduled for May 14.

Speaking with the university president, Sa'ar said he thought the university's decision to allow the ceremony was "false and outrageous," Army Radio reported.

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