Israel Sacks an Evolution-Doubting Scientist

Dan is a deputy news editor for Science.

Israel's minister of education, Gideon Sa'ar, has fired his chief scientist for making comments "denying the tenets of evolution and global warming," according to the Israeli daily Haaretz. The ousted official, Gavriel Avital, formerly of the defense firm Elbit Systems, was appointed to the ministry's chief scientist post in December for a "trial period." Ten recipients of the Israel Prize, including two Nobelists, called for his dismissal in February. What's more unsettling, asks London's Guardian newspaper: that someone in that position could hold such unscientific views, or that the ministry of education could consider appointing someone with a track record of such comments?