The committee of heads of universities published a special announcement this morning following the cancellation of the reason for reasonableness in the Knesset and the fear of the inability of the judicial system to assist in such cases. The universities will assist any faculty member who joins the protest. "And the educated at that time - will not - stand still"
"Yesterday something happened in Israel. The government has completed the first stage of the constitutional revolution which threatens the democratic character of the State of Israel.
We condemn in every way the cancellation of the reason for reasonableness, and the forceful and unilateral way the government took for this purpose. We are very concerned about the government's intentions to complete the constitutional revolution unilaterally and without broad consensus. The risks of the constitutional revolution, even before its beginning, are materializing before our eyes everywhere, even in universities in Israel. We are anxious about the government's harassment of the academy, the buds and effects of which we are already seeing, and the fact that we will not have the protection of an independent Supreme Court if and when these harassments escalate.
We call on the academic staff in the universities to be active citizens, in any legal way possible, whatever their position may be. "And the educated at that time - will not - stand still." Members and members of the academic staff: as a beacon and model for a liberal and inclusive society, we all have the duty to express our opinions and act in different ways to fulfill our civic duty towards Israeli society. We, for our part, will recover you as much as we can, and will work in every possible way to ensure a better future for the country. At the same time, we must work to bridge the serious rift that has been created in our society following the constitutional revolution, and which threatens social cohesion and the resilience of Israeli society and university campuses."
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