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A Zionist Institution and a Recognized University

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

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Yishai broadcasts from the campus of the Ariel University of Samaria, Israel’s newest university.  The institution was accorded new status against significant objection due to its location in Samaria but the high level of academic excellence and research conducted at by Ariel faculty and students won out in the end. Yishai is joined in this segment by Ariel U’s Vice President Eldad Halachmi to discuss the history and future of the school. The segment ends with a discussion of how the secular New Year is celebrated in Israel. Don’t miss this segment!

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To Everyone’s Surprise, Barak Turns Ariel College Into a University

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Right now, a lot of eyebrows are probably being raised as high as the champagne glasses, after Defense Minister Ehud Barak granted Ariel College his stamp of approval. This was the last step needed for Ariel College to receive official recognition and accreditation as a university.

Barak instructed Major General Nitzan Alon to recognize the school, located in the city of Ariel in the Shomron, as a university, after refusing to do so since the paper crossed his desk in September.

Barak will be ending this phase of his political career following his decision to not run in the upcoming elections.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein also recommended that the approval be granted.

Last month MK Tzipi Hotoveli told JewishPress.com that PM Netanyahu would ensure that the university was approved before the upcoming elections. Turns out she was right.

But there are still roadblocks ahead as the Council of Presidents of Israeli Universities, who oppose the accreditation on political grounds, plan to take the decision to the High Court of Justice, where they believe the decision will be overturned.

Whatever Happened to Those Likud Victories?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Just two months ago, Likud MKs were celebrating what they described as important victories for the party. The first was the approval of upgrading of Ariel College to Ariel University, and the second was the Edmond Levy Report, which invalidated the Talia Sasson report, and declared that Israel has full rights according to international law over all of Judea and Samaria.

But in those two months, neither declared victories managed to make it over the finish line. Some people, in fact, blame Prime Minister Netanyahu for the Edmond Levy Report not moving forward.

JewishPress.com caught up with MK Tzipi Hotovely, one of the more vocal and proud proponents of both issues and asked her where things stand, and if they aren’t being finalized by this government, what chance do they have in the next one, which won’t have as favorable a  coalition configuration?

Hotovely told JewishPress.com that in fact, she believes that the final steps for approval of the upgrade for Ariel University will happen before the elections, as its too important to not happen.

As for the Edmond Levy Report, Hotovely said that it’s also very important, but getting it approved is proving to be very difficult, as it has many obstacles and opponents. She believes it will be passed by the next government. And in response to the question as to Netanyahu’s possible role in holding it back, Hotovely stated that she just spoke with the Prime Minister and he told her he is working hard to get it approved.

Edelstein: Don’t Blame Reporters for Israel’s Negative Image

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Minister of Public Diplomacy Yuli Edelstein told students and young professionals not to blame reporters for Israel’s poor image at a conference on media and hasbarah at Ariel University earlier this month.

“Some reporters are anti-Israel, others are pro-Israel and most are objective,” Edelstein said. “The reporters are here for one reason, and that is to cover the conflict . . . [e]ven if they did write a nice article about Israel, it wouldn’t be published.”

Edelstein also urged citizens to take an active role in Israel’s public diplomacy efforts, stating that, “Citizens, who photograph and share it on social media introduce to the world our human face.”

The conference was part of the week-long New Media and Public Diplomacy Seminar organized by Ariel University’s School of Communications and sponsored by the Ministery of Hasbarah as well as the Prime Minsiter’s Office, held September 9-14th.

The seminar brought together 40 young students and professionals from around the world to learn about how public diplomacy shapes the Middle East conflict and the increasing impact of social media.

Seminar participants toured Israeli settlements and Palestinians villages, meeting with their residents, visited the Temple Mount, the security barrier and heard from Israeli professors, reporters and military officials.

Another speaker on the seminar, Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian originating from Jordan who is currently in political exile in London, spoke at the settlement of Eli and surprised local residents with his objections to the dismantlement of Jewish settlements.

Zahran claimed that the Palestinian state should be established in Jordan.

“The Palestinians have 78% of the land and the Jews have 22%,” he added “so it’s a fair deal.”

Zahran also praised the settlements for helping the Palestinians by creating jobs, and blamed the “Arab regimes” for “inciting against Israel,” so that their people will focus on Israel and not on them.

Students also heard from critics of Israel such as a Palestinian named Omar from the village of Kalkilia, who said he works in Israel and that he must pass through an Israeli military check point on his way to work every day.

“Imagine,” he said bitterly, “you had to go through airport security checks just to get to your own land.”

While Omar said he supports Israel’s security, he said that “instead of building barriers we should build the peace.”

At the Habla military check point outside Kalkilia, participants met with Daniella, a representative of the Machsom Watch organization, considered by many to be an anti-Israel NGO.

Daniella complained about the difficulties Palestinians had to go through getting permits to work in Israel, “even after getting the permit” she added, “they need additional permits for their car, cart, donkey and sheep.”

“We volunteer for the benefit of Israel and the Palestinians,” Daniella said, adding that the “situation at the check points has improved incredibly.”

Participants concluded the seminar with a more positive view of Israel and the settlements.

“In Denmark, settlers have been stigmatized as evil people,” said Magnus Franck, a participant hailing from Denmark. Franck said he was surprised to find them to be “very nice people.”

Swedish participant Doron Keidar blamed the world of being detached from reality, due to “misinformation of the media.”

“The Arabs build with no restrictions, while the Jew’s are restricted from building even the smallest thing,” Keidar said.

Lara Berman a participant from the U.S. said that the media could never replace the experience of actually visiting the settlements.

“You can’t compare seeing the areas that are in the news, and interacting with people that are living it, with an article or a YouTube clip,” she said.

Berman said that she concluded the seminar with “more compassion and information on the situation.”

Right Furious over Barak’s Decision Not to Decide on Ariel University

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Last night, Defense Minsiter Ehud Barak decided that Nitzan Allon, head of the IDF Central Command, will not sign his approval for Ariel University to be recognized as a fully accredited university. This decision brought about a very angry reaction from right wing government factions, Israel Today reported.

In a letter that he sent last night to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Barak indicated that after he had completed the last round of consultations with relevant elements, among them key university heads, the chairman of the board of higher education in Judea and Samaria, chairman of the board of planning and budgeting, Emanuel Trachtenberg and others, he decided to recommend that “the university center in Ariel will not become a full-fledged university prior to the Supreme Court ruling on the matter.”

People in Barak’s circle explained his decision saying that in any case the issue is hanging until it is decided by the Supreme Court, and that until the Supreme Court rules on the matter there is no reason to rush to make the Ariel University a full-fledged university, a step which is the subject of professional controversy.

Barak’s associates added that according to Barak and Netanyahu’s recommendation, if the Supreme Court approves the transformation of the Ariel center into a full-fledged university, the matter will be presented for a joint decision before all the cabinet ministers.

Yesterday, Minister of Education Gideon Saar said, “This is an obvious maneuver by Barak to try and delay the recognition of Ariel as a university. It’s possible that the Supreme Court will wait for the signature of the Head of the Central Command before conducting a judicial review. The head of the Central Command is supposed to be directed by the government in this matter and not by the Minister of Defense.“

According to the Peace Now Movement, “Barak’s decision is bringing back sane priorities to the government. The decision to transform the Ariel college into a proper university is not essential and doubtfully legal.”

Coalition chairman MK Zev Elkin said that “Barak is making illegal use of his authority. This coalition may consider itself no longer obligated to adhere to agreements which are important to Barak and his party.”

The Ariel University Center stated that “we expect the Prime Minister to exercise leadership and to complete the process which began with a government decision in 2005, and to put into effect the decision giving permanent recognition to the center as a full-fledged university.”

Ariel University Approved

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

After years of dispute and roadblocks from within the Israeli academic system, on Tuesday the Ariel University Center was officially granted University status by the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria. The Ariel University Center is now one of Israel’s eight universities. As a result it can now begin to officially receive money from the government like other Israeli universities.

Lessons in Propaganda: Ha’aretz Bungles Numbers in Effort to Squash ‘Settler’ College

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Anyone with a basic knowledge of third-grade math will raise an eyebrow at the mathematical gyrations displayed by the Israeli daily Ha’aretz regarding the efforts to block the certification of Ariel College, located east of the ,67 armistice line, as a full-fledged university. The numbers in their report on academicians’ objections to the new facility just don’t jive.

The headline reads:

Thousands of academics against turning Ariel College into a University

The first line of the opening paragraph reads:

About a thousand academic scholars, including 18 Israel Prize laureates, signed a petition calling to stop the process of transforming the University Center in Ariel into a fully-recognized university.

The second sentence in that same opening paragraph reads:

The petition was sent last month to Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar bearing 300 signatures.

 

We screen-shot the Hebrew version, just in case it gets "scrubbed" later

We screen-shot the Hebrew version, just in case it gets "scrubbed" later

This reminds me of the story of the guy who comes running into town screaming that he’d been chased by a thousand wolves.

“A thousand wolves, are you sure?” the townspeople ask him.

“Fine, not a thousand, but 500 wolves is plenty scary,” says the man.

“Really? 500 wolves? That sounds like a whole lot for these parts…”

“Maybe there were fewer, but, trust me, even 100 wolves are a frightening thing to behold…”

“And you’re sure, there were 100 wolves there?”

“Could be 20…”

“As many as 20, you’re saying?”

“Maybe fewer… Maybe just three wolves, but fierce, hungry wolves each one of them!”

“You actually saw three wolves?”

“Well, who do you think was making those noises in the bushes?”

If the number of objectors to Ariel’s recognition as a university hovers around 300 – unless a few of them had signed without knowing it, those things have happened – then the folks at the new university have nothing to fear.

The petition drive has been the brainchild of Prof. Nir Gov, of the Weizmann Institute. Gov told Ha’aretz: “When did the Council for Higher Education decide that another university was needed in Israel? Who said that Ariel is the college that can most efficiently become an official research university in Israel?”

Turns out it was at least four of Gov’s own colleagues, who were cited by Ha’aretz as opposing the petition: Israel Prize laureate Prof. Meir Wilchek, of the Weizmann Institute, who is a member of the Council for Higher Education of Judea and Samaria, along with Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Yisrael Aumann, and three other professors, who told the paper yesterday: “We examined Ariel academically and we found that, from the point of view of the quality of the scientists there, they are no less good than the scientists who signed the petition.”

In the end, it’s down to location, location, location. What bugs Prof. Gov and his 299 (if that many) supporters, is the fact that a thriving Jewish center east of the green line is thriving even more, to the point where it is able to compete for cultural influence on the academic level. The same Prof. Gov would never have dreamed of saying “When did the Council for Higher Education decide that another university was needed in Israel?” if the center in question was in Arab Taibe, or in Druze Usafia.

It’s Jewish Ariel in Samaria that gets this scientist’s goat. Too bad Ha’aretz can’t hire night editors with a better grasp of elementary math. Perhaps they should start hiring Ariel graduates.

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