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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., 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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Shimon Peres holds Guinness World Record by teaching largest online civics class

Israeli President Shimon Peres breaks world record by delivering a civics class to about 9,000 high school students in over 200 classrooms across Israel.



Israel’s President Shimon Peres delivered an online civics class to more than 9,000 Israeli high school students in 215 classrooms across Israel, setting a new world record.

President Shimon Peres giving an online civics class to some 9,000 students, breaking world record.

President Shimon Peres giving an online civics class to some 9,000 students, breaking world record.- Photo: Facebook

The Presidential Class, held Thursday morning at Cisco Israel headquarters in Netanya, was billed as the largest online civics class in the world. Cisco officials decided to make that billing official.

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New scholarship for discharged Golan Druze soldiers

The scholarship will demonstrate to the young people of the Golan Heights that they are welcomed citizens of Israel & the scholarship is a very good way to bring together the Golan Druze community & Israel.



The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) along with Sayeret Matkal (General Staff Reconnaissance Unit) led by former minister Avi Dichter, established a new scholarship program on Sunday for army and national service graduates of the Druze community in commemoration of Sayeret Matkal Major Salim Shufi.

Former Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter -  Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

Former Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

“This is the first project of this kind to incorporate young Druze residents of the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »

American Professors call on Students Association to vote against Israel boycott



The American Studies Association said that it will withdraw the resolution if a majority of the ASA’s voting members do not vote to endorse the boycott resolution by December 15.




The American Association of University Professors called on members of the  to vote down a resolution endorsing an academic boycott of Israel.

Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.- Photo: AP

In an open letter to American Studies Association members published Dec. 6, two days after the ASA’s 20-member national council approved the boycott resolution, the American Association of University Professors, or AAUP, which says it opposes academic boycotts as violations of academic freedom, wrote that it “recognizes the right of individual scholars to act in accordance with their own personal consciences.” Continue Reading »

Texas A&M University will open a campus in Nazareth, Northern Israel


For the 1st time, a renowned American university will open a new branch in an Arab city.

Education Minister Piron: ‘Significant step towards integrating Arabs in Israeli society’

By Tamar Trabelsi-Hadad



The prestigious Texas A&M University will open a new branch in the city of Nazareth in northern Israel, “Hashalom” Campus, in which some 2,500 students are expected to enroll.

Student - Photo: Reuters

Student – Photo: Reuters

The Council for Higher Education in Israel noted that this is the first time that a leading foreign university is opening a branch in an Arab city.

Students who will successfully complete their academic duties will receive a degree from Texas A&M. Continue Reading »

Israel establishes college in Tanzania

Once again, Israel demonstrates its commitment to education by helping enrich the lives of people living in poverty-stricken areas across Africa.

By Yossi Aloni



An Israeli college will soon be established in the African nation of Tanzania, whose population is 35 percent Muslim.

Light to the Nations: Israeli college established in Africa

Israeli college established in Africa – Israel Today


The Atid Network, the largest privately-owned educational network in Israel, has signed an agreement with the government of Tanzania to establish the new college in Dar es Salaam, the former capital and Tanzania’s largest city.

It’s first year of operation will see 700 students study at the college, with facilities expanded to accommodate up to 4,000 students within two years. Continue Reading »

Israel’s young set out for top science competitions in 4 countries

18 of Israel’s brightest high school students left to participate in four prestigious science competitions around the world.

By Yossi Aloni



Members of Israel’s delegations to various Science Olympiads around the world met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other government officials this week prior to departing for their respective competitions.

Israeli youth depart for top science competitions

Israeli youth depart for top science competitions – Israel Today


The Israelis are participating in scientific competitions in Colombia, Denmark, Australia and Russia. They will have the opportunity to show off their skills in chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science.

The team consists of 18 high school students from around the country, including a female Arab student from Nazareth. Continue Reading »

American Mom contends Anne Frank’s Diary is ‘pornographic’

U.S. woman submits formal complaint to the Northville school district in Michigan, claiming ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, containing a Jewish girl’s thoughts & experiences during the Holocaust, is ‘inappropriate for 7th graders’.

By Ashley Baylen (from Shalom Life)



“The Diary of Anne Frank” has been an important part of the curriculum in North American classrooms since its initial publication in 1947. The candid diaries share the young Jewish girl’s thoughts and experiences while hiding from Nazis during their occupation of the Netherlands.

Anne Frank - Archive Photo

Anne Frank – Archive Photo

Until now, the memoirs have served as a powerful educational tool, teaching children about World War II and the Holocaust from the perspective of a girl their age. Continue Reading »

Jaffa celebrates 150 years of teaching Muslims, Christians & Jews together

Two Scottish sisters founded the Tabeetha School to provide the children of the Holy Land with an education that celebrates diversity.


With a student body of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Druze and Buddhists, the Tabeetha School, now commemorating its 150th anniversary, is like no other in the country.

Headmaster Antony Short, at the Tabeetha School.

Headmaster Antony Short, at the Tabeetha School. The students celebrate Christmas, but also mark Ramadan and Id Al-Fitr, and get dressed up for Purim. – Photo by Nir Keidar

It was the mid-19th century, and Jane Walker-Arnott, a blue-eyed Scotswoman of delicate health, decided to leave her windswept lowlands home and travel to the Holy Land, her sister Emilia in tow, to soak up the Mediterranean sun and volunteer with a Christian mission in Jaffa. Continue Reading »

How Easy it was for Brooklyn College to Legitimized BDS

Op-ed: Few institutions in the US are as anti-Israel as the average American campus

By KC Johnson  and Asaf Romirowsky


The controversy over a “panel discussion” at Brooklyn College has little to do with free speech, and everything to do with politicization of the academia — in this case, by disingenuous anti-Israel ideologues.

archivesBack in December, the political science department at Brooklyn College, a public institution partially supported by taxpayers’ dollars, formally voted to sign on to a talk that took place on February 7th. A student group had scheduled an address by University of California professor Judith Butler and graduate student Omar Barghouti to propagandize on behalf of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Continue Reading »

Joint Israeli-Palestinian Study: No demonization of Israel in PA’s school books

Latest study finds both Israeli & Palestinian school books of equal bias; Fayyad welcomes study.

Israel: Study itself is biased, completely unrelated to reality

By Elior Levy


Demonizing and dehumanizing the enemy are mostly absent from Israeli and Palestinian school books, a new study released Monday shows.

Surprising study Photo: AP

Surprising study – Photo: AP

While Israeli claims of Palestinian incitement are far from uncommon, the international study showed them to be largely baseless and accused both sides of a one-sided narrative.

The Council for the Religious Institutions of the Holy Land commissioned the study to examine how Israeli and Palestinian textbooks portray both sides in connection to the conflict and the peace process. Continue Reading »