Tel Aviv University to wave fees of Israeli soldiers

Israel's Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University have joined a government initiative to support students who campaign for Israel online.

Tel Aviv University to wave fees of Israeli soldiers

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israel's Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University have offered strong support for Israel’s ongoing massacre in Gaza and has vowed to grant students who support the attack on Gaza a year of free tuition.

“Tel Aviv University embraces and supports all the security forces who are working to restore quiet and security to Israel, including its students and employees called up to reserve duty,” the university said in an official statement issued on July 24 on its website.

“Tel Aviv University absolutely condemns and denounces the hurtful and extreme statements being circulated nowadays over social media – statements that have no place in the public discourse. The university will take action in accordance with its disciplinary regulations, which are applicable to students and employees, in the any event of any infraction,” the statement continued.

The university added that scholarships would be funded by “private donors” and “friends of the university,” with university president Joseph Klafter adding that “Tel Aviv University has contributed and still contributes greatly to national security.”

The Hebrew University also said that it would hand out goods collected including hygiene products, snacks and cigarettes “for the soldiers at the front according to the demand reported by the IDF [Israeli army] units” in a notice signed by the university, academic staff committee and the official student union.

The Israeli government had last year announced plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences, in a bid to “strengthen Israeli public diplomacy and make it fit the changes in the means of information consumption,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced.

Daniel Seaman, the official who was in charge of the initative, was quoted in The Independent saying “the idea requires not making the role of the state stand out and therefore it is necessary to adhere to great involvement of the students themselves, without political linkage or affiliation.”

Nadim Nashif, the director of Baladna - the Association for Arab Youth - told The Electronic Intifada that the university’s declaration promoted “a witch hunt against Palestinian students [who are citizens of Israel] and others who are posting in social media against the Israeli occupation forces attack on Gaza.”

At least 20 Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks in the run-up for a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, taking the overall death toll from Israel's deadly onslaught on the blockaded territory to 900 since July 7.

According to official Israeli figures, 40 Israelis – 37 soldiers and three civilians – have been killed since hostilities began.

Israel's operation "Protective Edge" is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populated Gaza Strip, which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians, within the last six years.

In 2008/9, over 1500 Palestinians were killed – the vast majority of them civilians – during Israel's three-week-long "Operation Cast Lead."

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