According to a disturbing official Hebrew University of Jerusalem document, Palestinian students “from the occupied territories” are encouraged to apply for the “Yad Hanadiv” PhD fellowship program.
The scholarship will cost NIS 8,000 a month for five years, according to the document. Palestinian nationals who “live in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” are eligible, the document’s language states; “Palestinians from East Jerusalem are not eligible.”
The Lach Yerushalaim organization and the Im Tirtzu movement were horrified by the document.
“A public institution, which is receiving a huge amount of its budget from the taxpayers, operates in a post-Zionist manner and defines areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority as “occupied.
As if the work in the academic preparatory program was not enough. For Israeli academia, this is a catastrophe.
In response, the university said, “The Hebrew University has an extraordinary variety of stipends, reaching quantities of tens of millions of shekels.
The stipends are provided to a wide variety of students in the periphery, including Charedim, Ethiopians, first-generation academics, and Arabs.
They are intended to provide equitable opportunity and financial benefits at the most prestigious college in Israel.
Yoav Kisch, the education minister, has not yet responded to the two organizations’ petitions to stop the institution from providing such a program.