Sheikh Raed Salah 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Knesset Education Committee chairman Alex Miller (Israel Beiteinu) announced on
Wednesday that he has called an emergency meeting to discuss possible sanctions
against Tel Aviv University after Islamic Sheikh Raed Salah’s recent
controversial speech on campus.
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“Salah has been convicted of contact with
the enemy and is known as one who accuses the Jews of all the evil in the
world,” Miller said.
“The purpose of his visit [in Tel Aviv University]
was to make a dangerous provocation and incite violence.”
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
“Two weeks ago, Haifa University decided to prevent Salah from
giving a lecture and spreading his illegal messages of incitement. In light of
this, we will consider putting sanctions on Tel Aviv University,” Miller
Tel Aviv University said that it “adheres to the freedom of
expression and allows public activities held by students.
committee approves requests for public events as long as they don’t run the risk
of endangering the public well-being or damaging property or are violations of
“Since a previous appearance by Raed Salah on the campus in
2009 was held without any disturbance, the committee decided to allow the event
to take place,” the university said, “including making sure that the event would
be recorded in its entirety so that the statements made could be held up. It’s
notable that this past visit by Raed Salah also passed without incident.”