University students threaten strike over rising tuition fees

The National Union of Israeli Students (NUIS) threatened to strike at the beginning of the 2009-2010 academic year, after it was announced Tuesday that university tuition fees would rise by NIS 300. In a letter sent to the country's institutions of higher education, the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education set the fee for B.A. studies at NIS 9,646. The committee cited high inflation as the reason for the price hike. NUIS chairman Boaz Toporovski was outraged by the decision, telling the radio station that "once again, Israeli students are being held hostage by the power struggle between Treasury officials and the Planning and Budgeting Committee." "The Israeli government has made a commitment not to change the tuition fees without the agreement of student leaders," he said. "A violation of this obligation will lead students to respond as we know how to respond, and in the manner that everyone is familiar with."