Adalah's Newsletter Volume 36, May 2007


Volume 36, May 2007
  Adalah Appeals to Supreme Court against District Court Decision Upholding Confiscation of Land of 300 Arab Families from Umm al-Fahem
The land was confiscated in 1953 for “essential settlement and development needs.” Adalah demands the return of the land to its owners.
The Occupied Palestinian Territory
Adalah and The Association for Civil Rights in Israel: Cancellation of Residency Status of Palestinian Legislative Council Members is Illegal and Breaches International Law
Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Employment
Adalah to Supreme Court: Regulations Forcing Arabs in Akka to Close their Shops on Saturday Violates Rights to Freedom of Employment and Religious Freedom
Virtual Roundtable on the Introduction to Adalah’s “Democratic Constitution”
  Dr. Ariella Azoulay and Prof. Adi Ophir
Prof. Samera Esmeir
Dr. Aeyal Gross
Dr. Johnny Mansour
Mr. Antwan Shalhat
Prof. Ramzi Suleiman
Discrimination in the Universities
Adalah to Supreme Court: Haifa University is Indifferent to Discrimination against Arab Students in Allocation of Dorms
Political Rights
Replying to Adalah’s Letter, Attorney General Supports GSS’s Illegal Campaign against Arab Citizens of Israel
International Advocacy
Following Advocacy Work of NGO Coalition, UN Rejects Jewish National Fund’s Application for Consultative Status
Haneen Naamnih of Adalah on Shendar, Shraga and the Rule of Law

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Opening Remarks
Haifa University
Haifa University is continuing its legal battle to use the “military service criterion”, by which a student who applies for accommodation in its dorms receives 35% of the total points required to qualify. These points are awarded to all those who performed military or national service, rich and poor alike, even if they did so 20 years ago or more. The Haifa District Court decided that the use of the military service criterion discriminates against Arab students as most of them do not serve in the military, and as the Absorption of Former Soldiers Law (1994) affords discharged soldiers comprehensive benefits including housing assistance, and thus any additional benefits are beyond the law and disproportionate. The university appealed to the Supreme Court against the District Court’s decision. This appeal, regardless of its future consequences, contradicts the university's role to promote equality and pluralism in academia and society. In line with the logic it has adopted, the university could use this criterion to set educational fees, or to determine prices for services or the use of its buildings and facilities. This could involve two different prices, one for Jewish students and another for Arabs. While academic institutions all over the world are struggling to establish affirmative action policies to provide justice for marginalized groups discriminated against in the past, Haifa University is insisting on continuing its historical policy of discrimination against Arab students. Therefore, this issue must be raised to the international level.
The Haifa Declaration
Mada al-Carmel publishes "The Haifa Declaration"
The Definition of Israel as a "Jewish State" within the Constitution

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