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Jun 23, 2005 5:58 pm


PALESTINIAN BENEFIT FROM THE JUDEA AND SAMARIA UNIVERSITY



The British academics wanted to boycott Bar Ilan University for running course in the territories. But go out and see who benfits?

A study in irony by Shira Philosof

When Ala Fakhory told his parents that he intended to study at College of Judea and Samaria in Ariel, they were deeply opposed. It was not ideology that caused them to question his decision - it was fear that he would be surrounded by settlers who roam the college armed with pistols. Fakhory, who is one of 250 Arab students who attend the college, insisted. Near the end of his third year of study for a degree in electronic engineering, Fakhory says he experienced no racism on the part of students or faculty. In fact, he says,"Everyone treated me well."

The cabinet's May decision to upgrade the status of the College of Judea and Samaria to a university came on the heels of an academic boycott by the British Association of University Teachers on Bar-Ilan University because of its relations with the college located in the territories (the boycott, which also included the University of Haifa, has been rescinded, for now).

On the day of the cabinet's decision, the college, attended by 8,500 students, received support from a surprising direction: an ad published in Haaretz included the signatures of three leaders of Arab local councils. In the ad, they congratulated the college on opening registration for the coming term.

You may wish to read the rest of the story. Then read Anglicans May Target Firms Seen as Anti-Palestinian and try to hold down your food.




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