The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's management committee announced Sunday that the upcoming academic year would not start on schedule unless they receive a large addition in funding from the Finance Ministry, according to the Shochat Committee recommendations.
In late September, university presidents threatened to keep the universities closed if they didn't receive some NIS 300 million in immediate funding from the Finance Ministry promised to them by the Shochat Committee recommendations, though these recommendations have yet to be formally implemented, since they lack the support of student unions. The presidents' threat still stands. According to CUP chairman and Bar-Ilan University president Moshe Kaveh, without the funds, the universities will simply be unable to pay the salaries required to open the academic year.
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