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January 26th, 2009
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Interview With Yours Truly in the Jerusalem Post about the BY Project
For the Hebrew-challenged among you, this is a good opportunity to learn about that "BY Project" I keep mentioning.

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From:guygrobler
Date:January 25th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
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i cant open the link for some reason
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From:guygrobler
Date:January 27th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
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thanks - link works

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"People ask Bartov why the project isn't affiliated with the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport or the Education Ministry. He responds by saying that, first, they never offered, and second, that the project shies away from political affiliation to maintain its independence. "

- But surely if the state offers support then its not political affiliation, its only the state "declaring" that this project is in its best intrest as it helps preserve and promote the hebrew language?

- with that said - if the a minister was to make the declaration for political gains then yes, it would be a problem. If anything, an endorsement from the president would be a non-political affiliated state endorsement - its a modest request from mr. peres i reckon ;)

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From:ijon
Date:January 28th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
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The Ministry of Culture is a political device. The Minister of Culture is a politician, who is Minister because of the support given to his views, or his party's, by the people. Any particular decision of the Minister's is political (albeit often in the "good" sense).

But the BY project is an archive, with an aim to be comprehensive. Political decisions, good or bad, may seek to suppress certain works or authors, or to emphasize certain others, and we would not like to find ourselves subject to conditions that compel us to do that.

I don't see what the (useless) office of the President of Israel has to do with anything.

All that said, if the government were to hand us a sum of money saying "we think you're doing good work; just keep it up!", with no strings attached -- i.e. not making us answerable to them in any way, I'm not sure we'd refuse.

Happily, we don't depend on such a handout to continue our work.
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