Stop the shame! No Israel Prize to a civil war inciter!
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We, the undersigned, citizens of the State of Israel, believe in the civil
liberty and the right of every citizen to live in peace and protest the
award of the Israel Prize to Professor Zeev Sternhell.
over the years, Professor Sternhell has made several outrageous statements
against the residents of Judea and Samaria, justified terrorism against
them, and called for a civil war.
In his article, “Against the Moonstruck Government” (Haaretz, May 11, 2001)
Sternhell legitimized arab terrorism in Judea and Samaria and advised the
terrorists to focus their efforts on the Jewish residents of Judea and
Samaria, as a means for turning the Green Line into an international border.
Many Israelis, possibly the majority of the voters, do not doubt the
legitimacy of the armed resistance in the territories proper. Had the
Palestinians the least bit of sense, they would have concentrated their
struggle against the settlements and would not hurt women and children, fire
rockets on Gilo, Nachal Oz, and Sderot, or plant explosives on the western
side of the Green Line. In this manner, the Palestinians would themselves
draft the solution that will be reached in any case. The adjusted Green Line
will serve as an international boarder, while a land exchange will
compensate the Palestinians for the areas that have been or will be annexed
to the State of Israel.
Several years prior, in Davar (April 5, 1988), Professor Sternhell saw a
civil war as a way of reinforcing the Israeli democracy, “only those
willing to storm Ofra with tanks, will be able to stop the fascist wave
threatening to drown the Israeli democracy.”
Although the Israel Prize is awarded for achievements and not for opinions,
as a national prize, awarded by the state via the Ministry of Education, it
is meant to express recognition. The Israel Prize turns its recipients into
objects of national pride and consensus. The prize is awarded in the name of
all the Israeli citizens, including those, whom professor sternhell views as
legitimate targets for terrorism.
In the past, the Israel Prize has been revoked for inappropriate statements.
The award committee would have never thought of awarding the Israel Prize to
anyone legitimizing terrorism against any population group. The “settlers”
are no less human than the rest of the Israeli citizens and professor
Sternhell’s statements make him unworthy of the prize, even if he shares the
political opinions of the Minister of Education.
We call on the prize committee to revoke the award of the Israel prize to
Professor Sternhell. On the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel, there
are many worthier candidates for national recognition.
Professors for a strong Israel
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