Olim protest outside PMO 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Members of the Knesset Aliyah Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee
expressed opposition on Monday to the possible closure of the Israel Student
Authority for student olim, which is threatened by a budget shortfall amounting
to some NIS 35 million.
The lack of budget came after a recent government
decision determined that beginning in August 2013, the Ministry of Immigrant
Absorption will exclusively fund the project, which may lead to some 7,000
immigrant students who may not receive financial aid and the full scholarship
for three years of study that they are entitled to.
Chairman of Knesset
Aliyah, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee Yesh Atid MK Yoel Razvozov
said he will do all in his power to assure that the Ministry will receive
additional funds for students.
"We'll make this issue a top priority,” he
said, “This is a Zionist project of the highest order.”
“If we don’t
encourage youth absorption, it will hurt the economic, cultural and academic l
growth of the state, Absorption Minister Sofa Landver added.
said that he has already turned to the Treasury with the demand to cancel the