Are we there yet?
Ariel students not invited to Obama speech
Despite recognition as official Israeli educational institution, West Bank university students not amongst those to attend US presidential event in Jerusalem. MK: US gov’t taking unilateral stance
US President Barack Obama has not landed in Israel yet, but he has already managed to upset certain Knesset members. The reason: The American Embassy invited student representatives from all universities to the president’s speech at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center, save those from the Ariel University.
Habayit Hayehudi already responded on Tuesday night, calling it discrimination and demanding clarifications from the embassy regarding the exclusion of students from this institution, which received official recognition as a university just two months ago.
On Wednesday, Habayit Hayehudi‘s Yoni Chetboun met with the Ariel University Student Union chief, who told him the students were angered by the decision to exclude them.
“I can’t understand the decision,” wrote MK Chetboun in a letter addressed to US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro.
“The Ariel University has been recognized by the Israeli government. By banning its students, your government is taking a specific, unilateral stance, while seemingly saying it isn’t.”
The student representatives also expressed their anger regarding the decision, “We were pretty shocked about the discrimination and the way in which they are giving up on a university in Israel,” said head of the Ariel University Student Union Shay Shahaf.
The students are now waiting to see if the decision will be rescinded. Even if it is not, they are planning to arrive at the event to protest the decision.
“Either way we will be present at the event,” Shahaf clarified. “This has caused major unrest amongst the students.”
I am going to do my best, to stay calm.
First obama refuses to speak at the Knesset and in it’s place will speak at a convention center. I suppose I should be thankful that he is even going to speak in Jerusalem at all.
Then every accredited university in Israel is invited to attend the speech but the university in Ariel, why?
Because Ariel is across the green line, in Samaria.
As little kids ask on a car trip, are we there yet?
I will ask is obama’s second term over yet?