Wednesday, Israeli Education Minister, Yuli Tamir, and Culture
Minister, Ophir Pines-Paz, demanded that Israel's Defense Minister,
Amir Peretz, revoke the ban barring Palestinians students studying in
Israeli universities from entering Israel, Israeli online daily Haaretz
Six university heads also asked Peretz to evaluate each student individually and allow students “who do not pose a threat” to enter Israel freely, Haaretz added,
The heads of the universities, as published by Haaretz, are Professor Danny Levitan of Tel Aviv University, Professor Yossi Ben Artzi of University of Haifa, Professor Aviv Rosen of the Technion, and Professor Yosef Yarden of the Weizmann Institute of Science, wrote Peretz that Israel's universities have a strict policy of opening their gates to anyone who meets their academic criteria without regard to gender, religion ethnicity or nationality.
Peretz, response to the petition, promised to “consider” the demands.
Also, Haaretz reported that Israel's Supreme Court Justice, Elyakim Rubinstein, said that he is concerned over the absence of an “exceptional framework” that should deal with requests for entry into Israel for educational reasons.
Rubinstein added that these procedures harm the prospects of the Israeli-Palestinian cooperation, adding that there are only a few Palestinians wishing to obtain higher degrees in Israeli universities.
He said that there should be a specific intelligence regarding students that, according to Rubinstein, could pose security threats to Israel.
On Wednesday, that Israeli High court of Justice recommended that the government should evaluate a request by a female student who was accepted to doctoral studies at the Hebron University in Jerusalem but the student was barred from entering Israel.
The Arabs48 news website reported that Sawsan Salameh, 29, filed an appeal to the Israeli High Court of Justice to allow her entry into Israel to complete her education. The appeal was filed ten days ago.
On Wednesday that high court asked the Israeli security devices to examine the request and enable her entry into Israel.
This case is one of hundreds of cases of students who were not allowed to enter Israel a month ago.
The court submitted the request to Peretz, and the ministers of Education and Sport, Yuli Tamir and Ophir Pines-Paz.
Senior Israeli lecturers filed a complaint against barring Palestinian students from entering Israel for education purposes.
Several Human rights Organizations said that the Israeli procedures are barring all Palestinian students from entering Israel, and that these procedures are in direct violation of the international law.
Salama is member of Anata village council in the West Bank and one of the leaders of the women movement there. She has been trying to enter Israel since eight month but was always denied entry by the Israeli authorities. She has a full scholarship from her supervisor at the Hebrew University.
Human rights organizations argued that barring female students from studying in the country harms that women who are members of families that will not allow them to travel abroad to receive higher education.