Arab Students at Tel Aviv University Protest Naqba Day, Demand Right to Pay Full Foreign Student Rate of Tuition

Naqba Day Tel Aviv University Daily Freier

By The Daily Freier Staff

Last Updated 5/20/2015 at 7:30 PM

Ramat Aviv:

Today outside of Tel Aviv University, Arab students held a protest in observance of Naqba Day (The Catastrophe), mourning the creation of the State of Israel.  Student leader Firaz A. stated “We see the creation of the so-called State of Israel and our dispossession as Palestinians as an injustice, and for this reason, I refuse to accept that I can pay the discounted rate of 8,000 Shekels ($2,000) tuition as an Israeli citizen.  I insist on paying the full foreign rate, as this regime was created in sin.  Therefore, I am presenting the University Bursar with 52,000 Shekels in cash ($13,000).  I refuse to derive any benefit from this criminal enterprise known as ‘Israel’ “.  Fellow student Maryam N. was equally adamant: “Not only will I refuse to pay tuition at the discounted rate, but henceforth I refuse to be treated in free ‘Israeli’ government healthcare facilities.  From now on it’s strictly private doctors who take cash.”  When Daily Freier Staff asked Firaz if paying more for his education might be an economic hardship, he replied “Yes it will be difficult for me and my family, but I must stay intellectually honest to my cause.  After all, if I gained benefits from a regime that I despise, that would make me a bit of a hypocrite, wouldn’t it?”

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