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18 October, 2006

University Rectors Protest Sweeping Ban on Palestinian Students

Sawsan Salameh
Sawsan Salameh

Hebrew University of Jerusalem Rector Prof. Haim D. Rabinowitch has initiated a letter signed by rectors and other senior administrators of universities in Israel, calling upon the minister of defense, Amir Peretz, to cancel the sweeping ban the security forces have imposed on the entry of Palestinian students from the territories into Israel.

In the letter, they state that “the universities protest the sweeping ban and call upon the security establishment to examine all such instances on an individual basis and enable students, who are not suspected of involvement in activities that threaten the security of Israel, to enter the country for academic purposes.”

Signing the letter in addition to Prof Rabinowitch, were the rectors of: Tel Aviv University Prof. Dany Leviatan; the University of Haifa, Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi; and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Prof. Jimmy Weinblatt; plus the dean of the Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Prof. Yosef Yarden, and the senior executive vice president of the Technion, Prof. Aviv Rosen.

The call to the minister of defense was issued following the ban which was imposed on Sawsan Salameh, a Palestinian from the village of Anata near Jerusalem. Salameh was accepted last year for doctoral studies in chemistry at the Hebrew University, but despite this she was not permitted by the security authorities – without any explanation -- to receive an entry permit to Israel

Since she was not able to physically reach the campus, the Hebrew University did not require her to pay tuition for last year.



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