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NOT FUNNY! – Nazi symbols painted on dormroom wall of Jewish student as ‘initiation rite’


Seniors at prestigious Dutch university turn Jewish student’s room into ‘Nazi death camp’ with Swastikas & other Nazi symbols as part of an initiation rite.


A Jewish student at a Dutch university was shocked to discover recently that his fellow students had spray-painted swastikas and Nazi symbols on the walls of his room as part of an initiation rite.

The management at the Netherlands’ prestigious Leiden University said it would take harsh measures against the students responsible for the incident, which took place several days ago.

A family crosses the “Arbeit macht frei” gate of the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz in Poland, where some 1.1 million people, most of them European Jews, perished between 1940 and 1945 – Photo: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/FILE

The senior students redesigned the Jewish freshman’s dorm room by painting mass graves and train tracks on the walls and also hung barbed wire on the pipes and created a swastika from sticks, Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported. 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 »

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 »

To protest or not to protest? How to deal with anti-Israel activity on campus.

Some advocacy groups urge students to counter misinformation at anti-Israel events, but not through direct confrontation. The non-confrontational approach prevails at campuses across the country.

“If there’s a strong Israeli Apartheid Week, make sure you have a strong Israel Week,”

Cara Stern, Staff Reporter,



Should students tackle anti-Israel activities on campus head-on – setting up counter-events or even urging universities to ban groups and events from taking place – or is it best to downplay them in the hope of minimizing their impact?

York University students drape Israeli flags to counter an anti-Israel rally in 2009.  - Photo source: The Canadian Jewish news

York University students drape Israeli flags to counter an anti-Israel rally in 2009. – Photo source: The Canadian Jewish News

That’s the central question for young pro-Israel advocates facing groups and individuals at their schools who are hostile to the Jewish state.

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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 »

Israeli universities received NIS 1.5b. for R&D

2008-2009 figure rose over 5 percent from the previous year, according to Central Bureau of Statistics.

Psychology building in Bar-Ilan University

Psychology building in Bar-Ilan University - Photo by Avishai Teicher

Research expenditures at the universities granted by outside sources and intra-university grants – excluding funding from the universities’ budgets – totaled NIS 1.5 billion shekels during the last recorded 2008-2009 academic year, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The CBS relied on data from the Science and Technology Minister’s National Council for Research and Development.

Announced on Tuesday, the figure rose over 5 percent from the previous year, in which research using “special financing” reached NIS 1.45 billion.

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