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Ben Gurion University

Ben Gurion University Discriminating against Jews

Racism and discrimination have suddenly appeared as a serious problem in Israeli academia. The racism and discrimination in question is anti-Jewish and is being practiced by Ben Gurion "University." That is right, 73 years after Kristallnacht Jews are being discriminated against and barred from attending a university program in psychology at Ben Gurion "University" because it is only open to Arabs. And a Jewish victim of this overt discrimination has filed suit with the Supreme Court.

The program in question is a MA program in psychology open only to Arabs and particularly to Bedouins. Jews who qualify are excluded. In addition, the program is secret. Ben Gurion University has been trying to hide it from the media and from students and even from the government.

 

 

http://zioncon.blogspot.com/2012/01/ben-gurion-universitys-racist-policy-of.html

Ben Gurion University's Racist Policy of Discriminating against Jews

posted by Steven Plaut
Saturday, January 14, 2012

1. Racism and discrimination have suddenly appeared as a serious problem in Israeli academia. The racism and discrimination in question is anti-Jewish and is being practiced by Ben Gurion "University." That is right, 73 years after Kristallnacht Jews are being discriminated against and barred from attending a university program in psychology at Ben Gurion "University" because it is only open to Arabs. And a Jewish victim of this overt discrimination has filed suit with the Supreme Court.

The program in question is a MA program in psychology open only to Arabs and particularly to Bedouins. Jews who qualify are excluded. In addition, the program is secret. Ben Gurion University has been trying to hide it from the media and from students and even from the government.

The program seems designed for those who wish to become school psychologists or educators in Arab schools, particularly Bedouin schools, although that is not exactly how it is officially defined. Well, one Yosef Malka, who happens to be Jewish and who already works in a Bedouin school as a teacher, applied for the program. He was turned down by Ben Gurion "University." No Jews or dogs allowed into the program.

Malka has filled a Supreme Court suit against the university, the Israeli Ministry of Education, and Council for Higher Education in Israel. In his suit he claims this discriminatory program is operating in secret, without proper transparency. While working as a teacher in a Bedouin school, Malka heard about the secret program and decided to apply. In spite of the fact that he had already earned a BA with honors, he was rejected by BGU. In one of the letters of rejection he got from Prof. Shifra Sagi, from BGU's Department of Education, she admitted the program was funded with a special off-budget allotment of money from the Budget and Planning Committee of Israel's Council on Higher Education and that it is closed to Jews. Sagi has collaborated with and was a devotee of the late notorious BGU anti-Zionist professor Daniel Bar-On (who equated the Palestinian "Nakba" with the Holocaust -
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Blogs/Message.aspx/2265 ).

The case is now awaiting a decision by the Supreme Court.

It is not clear whether or not Malka offered Ben Gurion University a compromise solution whereby any Jew admitted into the program could attend while wearing a yellow star.

Fuller story in Hebrew in Makor Rishon, January 13, 2012