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US Denies Obama Boycotting Ariel U. Students

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

A U.S. embassy official denied that it did not invite students from Ariel University to President Barack Obama’s speech in Jerusalem next week because the institution is located in Samaria, which the United States considers an illegitimate and illegal settlement.

The speech, set to take place at the Jerusalem Convention Center next Thursday, on the second day of Obama’s visit to Israel, will be open to some Israeli students. But the exclusion of students from the university in Ariel has led some to accuse Obama of boycotting Israel’s newest accredited university, where several hundreds Arabs learn alongside Jews.

An official at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv told JTA that only students from academic institutions with partnerships or joint programs with the embassy were invited to the speech. The official would not comment on whether other institutions fell in the same category.

Israel plans to exercise sovereignty over the city of Ariel, where the university is located, in the event of a final-status agreement.

Ariel, a settlement with 20,000 residents in the northern West Bank, has historically been a sticking point in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Israel has seven universities and a myriad of private colleges.

Students at Ariel expressed dismay at their exclusion from the speech.

“We were pretty shocked about the discrimination and the way in which they are giving up on a university in Israel,” said Ariel University Student Union head Shai Shahaf, according to Yediot Acharonot’s website.

Shahaf and other Ariel students plan to protest outside the speech unless the United States changes its decision.

JTA

Obama Boycotting the Knesset and Ariel University

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama has decided not to address the Knesset during his visit to Israel next week. Senior U.S. officials said that, after long deliberations and discussions, the White House decided that the president will address students from universities in Israel at the ICC (Binyaney Ha’uma) in Jerusalem.

That initial snub did not go unnoticed. The Prime Minister’s Office and a number of Knesset members passed messages to the White House saying they would be much happier if the speech took place in the Knesset. But senior U.S. officials have insisted that Obama decided to deliver his messages directly to the Israeli public, especially the younger generation, not just to politicians in the Knesset.

Has the president been following the recent changes in the Knesset? Many of the new elected MKs wouldn’t know a politician if they ran one over on their mountain bikes. But, obviously, Obama does not think much of national institutions in third world countries, or he wouldn’t be spending so much treasure overturning them.

On Tuesday it turned out that the White House has little respect for Israeli academic institutions as well. According to Reshet Bet, almost all of Israel’s universities received invitations to hear the president’s speech in the big hall in Jerusalem – with the noted exception of Ariel University.

Habayit Hayehudi MK Yoni Chetboun revealed this latest snub to Reshet Bet Wednesday morning, saying this was unacceptable, as Ariel is an officially accredited university, and its students—Jews and Arabs—are part of the Israeli public.

Ariel has over 600 Arab students, as well as the largest number Ethiopian university students in all of Israel.

The White House has refused to comment on Obama’s refusal to endow with his message of hope and peace Israelis who go to school on the wrong side of the “green line.”

MK Chetboun called on Ariel students to come greet President Obama outside the national auditorium in Jerusalem, if only to prove to him that they, too, exist.

According to recent news stories, the U.S. embassy (in Tel Aviv) is in charge of sending out the invitations to some 2000 Israelis, as well as 300 members of the press. It is possible, then, that the boycott against Ariel was not necessarily conceived in Washington, but right here, on Hayarkon Street on the shore of the Mediterranean.

Perhaps the White House will clarify this later today.

Yori Yanover

European Union Officials to Tour Jewish Sites in Samaria

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

European Union officials from Austria, Belgium and Turkey are scheduled to visit Ariel University, in Central Samaria, and will meet with Shomron Jewish leaders on Tuesday.

International leaders rarely visited Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria until recently. The Shomron Regional Council has successfully attracted foreign journalists and European officials to see for themselves Jewish life and society in the area, and most visitors have confessed they left with an entire different picture than what is usually reported.

Following a trip to Berlin and Stockholm by Shomron officials last week to counter efforts to boycott goods from Judea and Samaria, representatives from Austria, Belgium and Turkey agreed to visit Ariel University and factories in Samaria to show their support of Israel.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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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Moshe Herman

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.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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.”

Baruch Shomron

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