President Yoseph Klafter of Tel Aviv University sent a letter to Education Minister Gid'on Sa'ar, Thursday evening, in which he protested a decision to prevent extreme-leftist Professor Rivka Feldhay from participating in this week's meetings between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. She was scheduled to take part and arrived in the German capital, only to be told, Thursday morning, that she could not take part.
In recent years, Professor Feldhay has criticized the government over its policies in Judea and Samaria as well as on its harm to academic freedom. She came out against plans to close the political science department at Ben-Gurion University and opposed university status for the Ariel University Center. In his letter, Klafter noted Israel's cries when its academics are boycotted in the international sphere over politics and accused the government of doing the same thing.