Sheikh Raed Salah 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Knesset Education Committee chairman MK Alex Miller (Israel Beiteinu) called for
a stop to the “brainwashing” of university students, during an emergency meeting
on Tuesday to discuss Sheikh Raed Salah’s speech at Tel Aviv University on May
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Miller said that he plans to propose a bill prohibiting anyone
charged with aiding terrorist organizations from speaking in educational
institutes without permission from the Justice Ministry.
is against the state, and he is calling on young people to join his battle,”
Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement’s northern branch,
called on Tuesday for the “liberation” of Jerusalem from Israeli authority, and
criticized US President Barack Obama’s call for a Palestinian state on 1967
lines with land swaps, saying that such swaps would lead to the expulsion of
Palestinians from their homes.
“Tel Aviv University is attacked by
institutes of higher education abroad because we cooperate with the IDF,” said
Prof. Ra’anan Rein, who represented the university in the meeting. “Now we’re
accused of being unpatriotic.”
Rein said the university made “every
effort to have freedom of expression, even of opinions that most of our students
“Tel Aviv University needs to be careful not to fall down a
slippery slope,” in not allowing public figures to speak on campus, Rein
Miller retorted that “all the universities can have a contest, who
invites the most extreme speakers, and then they can decide who had the most
“The message in inviting Raed Salah to speak is
inappropriate, because it legitimizes his opinions,” Miller said.
representative of the Council for Higher Education in Israel said that the
council “did not tell the university not to invite Raed Salah. We tell
institutions to use discretion – it’s not fitting for us to intervene.”