Israel to become CERN member

New law gives Israeli researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research the same rights as diplomats.

By
November 13, 2013 00:22
1 minute read.
CERN particle research center near Geneva

CERN particle research center near Geneva 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Israel will become a full member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), following the passage of a Knesset bill Monday 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.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Diplomatic rights are part of CERN’s protocol, so as to prevent government intervention in its research.

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

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

Currently only two Israelis work at CERN. Another 63 doctoral students receive research grants from the organization but will not get diplomats’ rights.

“I’m glad Israel is taking part in this great project,” Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin said Tuesday. “This is a sign of appreciation for Israeli science, which gets better all the time.”



As for the question of EU boycotts of Israeli research, Elkin said joining CERN “is further proof that Europe wants to work with us as long as there is no politicization and that cooperation between Israel and Europe will continue.”

Related Content

Holland Park’s forest, north of Eilat.
August 11, 2014
Promising trend of prosecution for environmental crimes, officials say

By SHARON UDASIN