Finally: No more free college for terrorists (who haven't started yet)
Yes, I realize that the title of this post probably sounds absurd to anyone who has not been reading this blog for a while. But yes, 'Palestinian' terrorists serving time in Israeli jails were entitled to free university education (at the expense of Israeli taxpayers). Until now. Finally, the Supreme Court has decided that the terrorists are different from other prisoners
The High Court ruled Tuesday that terrorist security prisoners were
not eligible for free university education in Israeli schools. The
permission and assistance extended to prisoners convicted of criminal
activities that supplies them with free courses and degree programs at
Israel's Open University does not apply to prisoners convicted of terror
activities, the court ruled.
The ruling came in response to a lawsuit
by three terrorist prisoners who claimed they were being discriminated
against because prison authorities refused to enroll them in an Open
University program and pay their tuition. The Open University offers
extensive distance-learning programs, enabling students to do coursework
via the Internet, with scheduled meetings with mentors.
The court said that discrimination was
not an issue in the case. “The court has ruled in the past and continues
to rule that the differences in treatment of criminal and terrorist
prisoners is not due to discrimination. We believe the same applies to
education,” said the three judges who heard the case.
But the court still expects the prisons service to be kind and considerate to the terrorists.
With that, the court said that the prison system should be “considerate”
in deciding what to do with terrorists who are already in the midst of
academic programs. “We think it would be worthy to consider those in the
midst or close to the end of an academic program separately from those
who have not yet begun a course of study,” the court said. “If the
prisons decide not to continue funding the education of those prisoners,
they will be free to file petitions with district courts on the
Terrorists have a right to a free college education at the expense of the Israeli taxpayer. How absurd!
Labels: Education, Israel Prisons Authority, Israeli prisons, Palestinian terrorists