Israel Prize laureate to donate winnings to B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence

Prof. Oded Goldreich, the recent recipient of the Israel Prize in mathematics, announces that he will donate his NIS 75,000 in prize money to five human rights organizations, including Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem.

The ceremony at the Education Ministry in Jerusalem, on April 11, 2022 (Photo:

Weizmann Institute of Science)

“I will continue to do everything in my power to end the occupation, and I will fight for real equality for all the people of the land, and for social justice,” Goldreich said. “Therefore, I intend to split the sum of the grant between five organizations that are working with determination for these exact goals.” “We are proud of the fact that the education ministers who denied him the award will not be satisfied with the actions he has taken,” the human organizations say, according to Zo Haderech. The five groups that are set to receive the prize money are Breaking the Silence, Standing Together, Kav LaOved, B’Tselem, and Adalah.

Goldreich received the Israel Prize at the offices of the Education Ministry on Monday, despite the political opposition of two far-right education ministers, including the current one, who boycotted the ceremony, and following a near year-long political saga.

The Weizmann Institute of Science sent congratulations to Prof. Goldreich for receiving the Israel Prize in the field of Mathematics and Computer Science for the year 2021. From the Award Committee’s description: “Prof. Oded Goldreich has made profound and groundbreaking contributions to the theoretical foundations of cryptography and the theory of computational complexity. Prof. Goldreich is also known for his books and articles, which have contributed greatly to the education of generations of researchers, while establishing the State of Israel as a leading global force in the theory of computer science.”