MKs oppose ISA closure for olim students

Israel Student Authority could pull plug on funding for immigrant students due to budget cuts leaving 7,000 without benefits.

May 7, 2013 14:46
Olim protest outside PMO

Olim protest outside PMO 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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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.

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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.

Razvozov said that he has already turned to the Treasury with the demand to cancel the problematic decision.

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