Student unions: Second semester won't open

Israel's student unions announced Friday morning that the second semester would not begin as planned on Sunday. On Thursday, the lecturers union declared that it would support the planned strike. The students are protesting the Shohat Commission, which calls for an increase in tuition costs. Speaking to Army Radio Friday morning, former Labor MK Avraham Shohat, who heads the commission, said that students don't have a reason to worry about the conclusions of the commission. "The ability of students to continue their studies will be absolute. Any person regardless of financial or social status will have the ability to get a higher education. For that reason I can calm the student unions."