#BDS_Fail: Spanish government makes forced donation to Ariel University
After banning Samaria's Ariel University
from a competition that it would have won, the government of Spain has been forced to contribute more than $100,000
to the university's coffers.
Spain refused to allow Ariel University students to take part in a
competition to design "green" environmentally-friendly buildings, which
was meant to be open to students from all universities worldwide.
Ariel University students reached the finals of the competition with their design, according to Yedioth Aharonoth.
Their design, entitled "Abraham's Tent," garnered great international
interest, but the boycott movement began working overtime to have the
students banned from the competition for the simple fact that they study
Eventually the anti-Israel activists succeeded, and even though the
Israeli students had arrived in Spain in order to take part in the
finals, they were informed by the Spanish construction ministry that
funded the competition that they were being banned.
The University responded by petitioning the decision via an attorney
in Spain, suing the Spanish government for compensation and demanding
that the students be allowed to return to the competition.
The Spanish construction ministry reportedly tried to fight the
petition, but after realizing they were going to lose embarrassingly,
they decided to admit that they had discriminated against the students
and the university and offered to pay 430,000 shekels in compensation.
That amount was recently transferred to the university.
Labels: Ariel University, BDS, Spain