- Published on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 13:31
On Tuesday, 7th August, heads of Israel's seven research universities sent a letter to the Head of Central Command Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon urging him to prevent the recognition of the Ariel University Center as a fully-fledged university.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz said that the letter came after the Judea and Samaria Council for Higher Education in the West Bank had recognized the university. They said that the military commander was the only one who could prevent the recognition of the center as an Israeli university, and who could sign off on the prevention order.
"'We ask that you act in line with the law and not to approve the decision of the Board of Higher Education in Judea and Samaria. Save the future of scientific research in Israel" -- heads of Israel's universities wrote in their message to Alon.
The letter did not mention that the West Bank is an occupied territory and international law prohibits Israel from engaging in civil activities in the area.