The impending media circus?

I have reported on this situation previously here and here.

To summarize, because of a State Department travel advisory, Drew University is not allowing students to go to Israel at this time, though apparently we have allowed it in the past. There has always been a policy in place keeping students from attending study abroad program in countries that appear on any sort of State Department watch list. People have been allowed to go to Israel in the past due to inconsistent application of the policy as recently as this summer. With a new study aboard coordinator, a more consistent application of this policy has arrived. I am not happy about, but I understand the University’s position with regards to insurance. Apparently, policies like this are quite normal at schools our size all over the country.

This entire issue center’s around a particular Drew student who is planning on going to Tel Aviv University next semester, which is looking increasingly unlikely, which is making this student increasingly unreasonable.

What follows was added to this post on November 28, after the student this issue revolves around contacted me, asking for me to remove his name from my blog. Previously, this post had contained a number of specific references to things that the individual said to me. He told me after the fact that those things were said in confidence. Though that was not made clear to me at the time, I have decided to honor his wishes and drastically truncate this post.

That is not to say, however, that I am in any way happier about this issue than I was when I first posted this. I still find the transformation of this issue, which is about consistent application of a silly rule (which is now in the process of being revised), into an issue about anti-Israel statements.

4 Responses to The impending media circus?

  1. emily November 25, 2007 at 9:40 pm #

    hey. mine is

    oh media.

  2. David November 26, 2007 at 4:32 am #

    It ran as a full-page article in the weekend (Friday) edition of JPost last week.

    I read while sipping a cafe-hafuch at Cafe Hillel. Life is grand.

  3. lori November 26, 2007 at 10:53 am #

    This isn’t a circus. It’s wrong for Drew not to accept credits from Israel’s universities. The insurance excuse is bull – there are plenty of policies that cover study abroad in Israel. Drew needs to step up here or risk its standing not just with the Jewish community. Israel’s universities have led the way in tech and biomedical research and have Nobel nominees. Look what happened to British academia when they tried to play politics with Israel. Shame on Drew for not trying harder.

  4. richards1052 November 26, 2007 at 4:24 pm #

    I’d appreciate folks leaving links for any articles on this that you find.

    Is the situation that Drew is refusing to accept credits fr. Israeli universities or merely refusing to sponsor students officially who wish to study in Israel? There is a difference.

    Also, couldn’t Drew help arrange for any students wishing to go to Israel to do so with another university study program or directly through the Israeli university he wishes to attend?

    Pls. keep me informed & thanks for the tip David W.