While the boycott discussions were going on, a committee inquiry in Israel revealed that planned entry requirement into the medical sciences faculties in Israeli universities can only serve to deter Arab Israeli students from studying in these faculties. The new regulations would prohibit anyone from entering the faculty of medicine if he or she is under 20 years old unless s/he is chosing to study along side his or her army service. Arab students who don't serve in the Army enter university at the age of 18, while Jewish students only start their studies after serving for at least 2 years in the army, by which time they would have met the age requirement.
On the other hand, Israelis are proving that the boycott can lead to positive results as 4 Israeli universities called on the Israeli Defence Minister to re-examine the ban on Gazan students to study in West Bank Universities. The Israeli Army which cites security concerns over everything, claims it would be a security threat to allow students to pass from one part of their country to the other. Anyone who has passed through Erez crossing which separates Gaza from Israel would know that this is at best a ridiculous claim.
Anyway, with the boycott in sight these universities tried to make a gesture against one of the many policies through which Israel oppresses the Palestinians. Although this is a proof that the boycott can work eventually, it is a very small step in the 10000000000 mile journey to rid Israel of its Fascist nature.
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