Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Knesset education panel: Let Palestinian students attend Israeli universities
By Tamara Traubmann, Haaretz Correspondent


The Knesset Education, Culture, and Sports Committee on Tuesday called on Defense Minister Amir Peretz to overturn the sweeping policy of denying Palestinian students entry to study at Israeli universities.

"The impression we received from today's debate is that instead of examining the relevance of each request, since the start of the year it has become worse, even in comparison to the permits issued at the height of the intifada," said the panel chairman, MK Michael Melchior (Labor-Meimad).

"We are not dismissing security considerations, but the sweeping policy goes against the basic right to learn and needs to be changed so that each [individual] request is examined," said the former deputy education minister.

(via: Engage)

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