Netanyahu’s office axes members from Israel Prize judging committees

The Office of the Prime Minister rejected the candidacy this week of members of the judges’ panel of the Israel Prizes for Literature and Film.

The move has caused political backlash and speculations as to whether Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who currently holds the Education Ministry portfolio responsible for overseeing the Israel Prize, was personally responsible for the dismissals.

Prof. Avner Holtzman, of Tel Aviv University and Prof. Ariel Hirschfeld, of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem were both dismissed this week from their roles on the panel after they had already begun their work assessing potential candidates for the prize.


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