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REPORT: Israel ranks 3rd most educated country

Israel outranks U.S., all European countries for percentage of citizens aged 25-64 holding degree in higher education, be it academic or vocational, according to latest OECD report.

By Abigail Klein Leichman


Israel is the third most educated country, according to 2017 data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

OECD calculated the percentage of each country’s population between the ages of 25 and 64 who have completed a two- or four-year degree beyond high school – including both academic and vocational programs.

The data shows that 50.9 percent of Israelis in the target age bracket have a higher-education degree. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Authority objects to UN textbook changes that include Israel on maps


Proposed UNRWA change would end decades of the Palestinians teaching children at the UN’s expense to not recognize Israel’s existence, and brainwashing them to want to return to “Palestine” and destroy Israel.

By Dalit Halevi


UNRWA Judea and Samaria Manager Taeh al-Bas announced the UNRWA Education Committee’s intention to change the textbooks of schools belonging to the organization.

Official logos to six different UNRWA schools that include the UN logos along with Israel being replaced by ‘Palestine’. – Source: ElderOfZiyon.blogspot

In an interview with Palestin on Saturday, al-Bas said the changes are all connected to “national issues related to Palestinian cities conquered by Israel in 1948, geography maps, history, and national culture.”

He also warned the changes were “very dangerous.”

According to al-Bas, the changes are meant to prove UNRWA is a neutral organization which teaches subjects objectively. Continue Reading »

PA charges Israel with ‘terrorism’ for closing Hamas affiliated school in Jerusalem


The PA’s public diplomacy bureau said school closure was demonstrative of Israel’s “terrorist activities”, calling Israel’s claims of incitement in the school’s curriculum as “lies”.

By  Dalit Halevi


The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Thursday blasted as “terrorism” Israel’s decision to close an Arab elementary school in Jerusalem due to its spreading of incitement.

The closer houses are Sur baher. The farther houses on the mountain, on the left are the edges of al-Ubeidiya. On the mountain on the right is believed to be Wadi al-Arayis and Juhdum. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Al Nkhba School in the Sur Baher neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem was ordered to be closed after it was discovered that the school had been established by officials affiliated  with the Hamas terrorist organization, and that the curriculum included severe incitement against the State of Israel. Continue Reading »

Israeli Minister Says Private Christian Schools Should be Funded


Minister Gila Gamliel steps in to aid Israel’s 47 Arabic-speaking Christian schools that’s undergoing a severe financial crisis by formulating a program to fund private schools, including the Christian network, that meet certain requirements.

BY Israel Today Staff


Israeli Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel has decided to go to bat for the nation’s 47 Arabic-speaking Christian schools, which are facing a severe financial crisis.

Israel Minister Gila Gamliel – Photo: Facebook

The Christian schools went on strike last year demanding government funding, even though they are not part of the state-controlled public school system.

Israel’s Education Ministry agreed to provide the Christian schools a one-time 50 million shekel injection, but that funding is now three months overdue. Continue Reading »

UN agency honors Palestinian suicide bus-bomber that killed & maimed Jews


Investigative reporter reveals UNRWA schools still reward & praise Palestinian terrorists, and Israel not only ignores it, but is blocking a US law against funding PA terror indoctrination.

By Shimon Cohen


At a facility in Judea of UNRWA, the UN body tasked with caring for “Palestinian refugees,” a festive ceremony was held on Monday honoring Abd al-Hamid Abu Srour, the 19-year-old Hamas terrorist who exactly a week ago bombed a bus in southeastern Jerusalem.

Journalist David Bedein, director of the Jerusalem-based Israel Resource News Agency as well as the Center for Near East Policy Research, told Arutz Sheva about the UN event to honor the terrorist who conducted the first bus bombing of the current terror wave, in which he died while wounding 15 victims. Continue Reading »

East Jerusalem school principal & teacher fired over incitement against Israeli soldiers


Education Minister, ‘Incitement to violence is not education’: Education Ministry outraged with school play where a student is portrayed as an IDF soldier shooting a Palestinian child and students singing songs that praise terrorists who murder Jews.

By Yael Branovsky


The principal and a teacher at an east Jerusalem elementary school were fired this week for allegedly inciting and encouraging violence against Israeli soldiers.

A student hurls stones with a slingshot at Israeli troops during clashes in Hebron on Wednesday – Photo: AP

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who has summoned the pair for a hearing, said Wednesday that “incitement to violence is not education, and anyone found to be inciting will not be part of the [education] system.”

On Tuesday, Education Ministry Director General Michal Cohen reprimanded the Dar al-Hahmah school’s board of directors, threatening to revoke the school’s license should the incitement recur. Continue Reading »

Global Index Ranks Israel 4th Best Country To Raise Children


Austria comes in best country, followed by Finland, Sweden, and then Israel according to the Family Life Index, carried out by the Inter Nations institute surveying 41 countries.

By i24news


Austria has been ranked as the best place in the world for expat families to bring up their children, according to the Family Life Index carried out by the Inter Nations institute.

Finland and Sweden came second and third respectively, with Israel finding itself in a very respectable fourth place after scoring highly in categories such as availability of childcare and education as well as family well-being.

“Swedish with Baby” was started in 2012 by two mothers on parental leave who wanted to help break young parents’ isolation in the home – Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/File

New Zealand came in fifth, with the US taking the 25th spot and Saudi Arabia coming in last at 41. Continue Reading »

Druze town achieves top spot for Israel’s high school matriculation tests

Beit Jann, in northern Israel, ranks #1 for first time, with nearly 95% of its students eligible for matriculation certificate, whereas the Jewish ultra-Orthodox & Arab towns continue to hold bottom slots. 

By Shahar Chai


The Druze village of Beit Jann Israel’s highest rate of matriculation certificate eligibility among high school students in the 2013-14 school year, according to rankings released on Wednesday by the Education Ministry. The town previously came in at third and second places in the last two years, and by achieving the top spot, it has made good on a promise by its regional council chief. Continue Reading »

Israel’s colleges, universities see record enrollment


New academic year kicks off with over 300,000 students enrolling, an increase of 1% from last year, in Israel’s 65 colleges & universities.

Some 310,000 students kicked off the academic school year on Sunday at 65 higher education institutions throughout the country.

Tel Aviv University campus

Tel Aviv University campus. – Photo: PR

According to the Council for Higher Education (CHE) some 238,420 will be enrolled in bachelor’s programs, 59,455 will pursue master’s degrees, and 10,860 will study in doctoral programs. These figures marked a 1 percent increase from the previous academic year, in which 307,020 students were enrolled in academic institutions. Continue Reading »

The top 10 best educated countries in the world

Compulsory conscription into the IDF has not lowered educational attainment rates, as 46% of Israeli adults had attained tertiary qualification in 2012, putting them #4 in global placement according to data recently released by the OECD.

By Thomas C. Frohlich

According to data recently released by the Organization for Co-operation and Development (OECD), more than half of Russian adults held tertiary degrees in 2012 — the equivalent of college degree in the United States — more than in any other country reviewed. Meanwhile, less than 4% of Chinese adults had tertiary qualifications in 2012, less than in any other country. 24/7 Wall St. Continue Reading »

Israel’s ‘Top Secret’ nuclear high school


Israel’s Atid High School, located at the Dimona nuclear reactor trains selected students in professions needed for the Jewish state’s future industrial sector.

The students can’t divulge details of their studies, but admit it’s worth it to be in the fast-track for in-demand professions.

By Yael Branovsky

The parents of students at the technological high school at Israel’s Nuclear Research Center-Negev in Dimona have never seen where their children study. The parents aren’t allowed to visit, and the kids aren’t allowed to tell them anything. Every morning, the children check their cellular phones on their way to another day at Israel’s top-secret high school.

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Hijab ban causes protests at East Jerusalem’s Christian schools

Christian schools’ refusal to allow its Muslim  students wear a hijab on school grounds has begun to test the institutions’ famed openness.


The church-run schools in East Jerusalem are considered the best schools in that part of the city — some would say in the entire city. Their Christian administrators are proud of the religious tolerance and openness that typifies their institutions, where a majority of the students are Muslim.

Women have made the hijab into a symbol of Islamic feminism and empowerment.

Women have made the hijab into a symbol of Islamic feminism and empowerment. – Photo: Reuters

But in recent years, these schools’ adamant refusal to let female students wear a hijab on school grounds has threatened to disrupt this openness.

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Israeli Teacher That Attacked IDF in Class Gets Canned

Adam Verete says he’s not sure if his sacking was connected to the controversy he aroused earlier this year.

By Gil Ronen


Adam Verete, the teacher who caused a public storm when he told students before enlistment that the IDF was an immoral army, has been informed that he will not continue to teach next year at the ORT Kiryat Tivon high school, according to IDF Radio.

Verete told the military radio station that he was recently summoned to a hearing and told by the school’s management that the Jewish Thinking track in which he teaches will be shut down in the next school year. Continue Reading »

UK Minister for Universities & Science: No academic boycotts of Israel in Britain

During his visit to Jerusalem, David Willetts, the British Minister for Universities and Science says fewer Israelis have been coming to study in UK because of misperception of hostility.



Fewer Israeli students have been coming to England to study because of mistaken perceptions that Britain is “an unfriendly or hostile place” to Israel or Israelis. That mistaken perception needs addressing, said David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, in a visit to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Monday.

UK Universities Minister David Willetts (Wikimedia Commons)

UK Universities Minister David Willetts: Perception of hostility to Israelis is mistaken. – Photo by Wikimedia Commons

There has been no boycott of Israeli academia in the U.K., Willetts said at a meeting with Israeli and English academics and with Israeli Education Minister Shai Piron at the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus. Continue Reading »

Hamas rejects UN textbooks promoting human rights in Gaza schools

The Hamas gov’t believes the UN curriculum does not represent the ‘ideology & philosophy’ of the Palestinian population, reports Hamas spokesman for the Education Ministry.


Gaza‘s Hamas authorities have blocked a UN refugee agency from introducing  into local schools, saying it ignores Palestinian cultural and focuses too heavily on “peaceful” means of conflict resolution.

Students in classroom in Gaza school

Students in Gaza school.- Photo: Reuters

Motesem al-Minawi, spokesman for the Hamas-run Education Ministry, said Thursday that the government believes the curriculum does not match the “ideology and philosophy” of the local population.

He said the textbooks, used in grades 7 through 9, did not sufficiently address Palestinian suffering and did not acknowledge the right to battle Israel.

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