The Anti-Defamation League asked the Spanish Government and the US Department of Energy to overturn the disqualification of Israeli researchers from an international solar energy competition in Madrid.
Although the team of researchers from Ariel University Center of Samaria was announced as a finalist in Solar Decathlon Europe, the Spanish government disqualified the team from competing because the institution is located in Samaria.
"The decision by the Spanish government to disqualify the Israeli researchers is unwarranted, biased and clearly discriminatory," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL’s national director, in a statement. "This unacceptable action introduces politics into an important scientific competition where politics has no place," he said.
The final phase of the competition takes place at the National Mall in Washington D.C., where the universities compete by undergoing 10 contests.