Mixed Verdict on Right of Palestinians to Study in Israel

May 26, 2009

Israel's Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the country's military could continue to use non-security related criteria to deny visas to Palestinians seeking to enroll at Israeli universities, but that students denied visas have the right to a court hearing, The Jerusalem Post reported. The decision not to reject the criteria angered Israeli university leaders, who said that non-security related criteria -- such as the kind of degree and whether there are alternatives to study in Israel -- violated their academic freedom as well as the education rights of Palestinians. Human rights groups also condemned the court for upholding the criteria. Although the court declined to reject the criteria, it did say that those who are denied visas are entitled to a court review.

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