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Israel Broadcast Authority silences radio campaign for students trapped in Gaza

Aug. 27, 2008 4:06 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 27, 2008 4:06 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Israeli human rights organization Gisha filed an appeal with the Israel Broadcast Authority on Wednesday over the state's banning of radio ads urging the government to allow Palestinian students to leave the Gaza Strip.

Gisha had sought to buy advertising slots on Israel Radio (Reshet Bet) to air the spots, in which former Israeli education minister Yossi Sarid calls on the government to allow Gazans to travel abroad to study.

However, Gisha was informed that "the director general of the Broadcast Authority does not approve the recording and airing of the campaign in the radio stations of the Voice of Israel since the subject matter of the campaign is politically and ideologically controversial and because the data provided in the commercial are not unequivocal."

In the appeal, Prof. Kenneth Mann argues that "The campaign articulates uncontroversial norms, acknowledging the supreme importance of higher education as well as the duty of the State of Israel to facilitate the realization of aspirations for those seeking to pursue education."

The proposed radio ad campaign had sought to make visible the plight of hundreds of Gazan students who are enrolled at foreign universities but are unable to attend school this year because of Israel's lockdown of the Gaza Strip. Israel began a blockade of Gaza in June 2007, trapping 1.5 million Palestinians inside.

"Hello, this is Yossi Sarid," begins one of the ads, "The right to education is a fundamental right. No country in the world may deny this right; Israel also may not deny this right. However, the State of Israel is preventing hundreds of Palestinians from leaving Gaza for studies abroad. In so doing, the government is preventing these young people from becoming all they can and have the right to be. We all need to learn; Gaza students included."

Gisha is asking Broadcast Authority Director-General Motti Shklar to reverse his decision.

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