Israel high court overturns blanket Palestinian student entry ban

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] ordered the government Monday to establish more specific criteria to be used by military officials when deciding whether Palestinian students may enter Israel to study. The supreme court's decision came in a lawsuit brought on behalf of Sawsan Salameh [JURIST report], a Palestinian woman who was denied entry to Israel by the military after she was accepted to study chemistry and pursue a doctoral degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem [academic website]. The court said that the current policy of automatically denying applications from Palestinians seeking to study in Israel [JURIST news archive] was excessive and said that Salameh should be allowed to study in Israel.

The government now has 60 days to draw up a list of criteria Palestinian students must meet in order to be allowed to study in Israel. AFP has more. Haaretz has local coverage.

 

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