Hebrew U. encourages students to come to class wearing IDF uniforms

Hebrew University President, Professor Asher Cohen, discussed the incident on Army Radio on Monday morning and said that the university respects soldiers in uniform who serve in the IDF.

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January 7, 2019 09:14
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Hebrew University students protest lecturer who reprimanded student for wearing IDF uniform to class

Hebrew University students protest lecturer who reprimanded student for wearing IDF uniform to class.. (photo credit: TAMAR BEERI)

 
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Five days after the incident at Hebrew University, when a lecturer, Dr. Carola Hilfrich, reprimanded a student for wearing her IDF uniform to class, the university published an announcement apologizing for the incident and imploring IDF soldiers in uniform to attend the university.

"Students in Uniform? Welcome!" read the announcement signed by the university's president, Professor Asher Cohen.


Hebrew University President, Professor Asher Cohen, discussed the incident on Army Radio on Monday morning and said that the university respects soldiers in uniform who serve in the IDF.

"I personally have not talked with Dr. Hilfrich yet, but her behavior was behavior that should have not occurred," Cohen said. "It's important to us to clarify that we respect the students and respect soldiers who serve in the IDF."

When Cohen was asked about whether there is a possibility that the lecturer will stop teaching at the university, he responded that "the subject is not on the agenda at all."

Hebrew University has received a backlash for the incident with students protesting for the dismissal of the lecturer last Wednesday.

There were also over 45,000 emails sent, at the initiative of the right wing NGO Im Tirtzu, to the university administration, calling on them to apologize and dismiss the professor.

“It is shameful to see that students are humiliated because they wear IDF uniforms,” the student union said in response to the incident. “In recent years, we have been working hard to promote the rights of students and those who serve in the reserves to ensure that their army service does not harm their academic prospects.”

Uri Bollag and Tamar Beeri contributed to this report.


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