[News] Israel to decide which foreign lecturers allowed to teach in Palestinian universities

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Israel
to decide which foreign lecturers allowed to teach in Palestinian
universitiesMarch 8, 2022
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Defense ministry brings in new regulations concerning international
students and their teachers

Palestinian students attend their graduation ceremony on 20 May 2016 at
Birzeit University in the West Bank (AFP)

Published date: 8 March 2022 16:19 UTC | Last update: 1 hour 59 mins ago

Israel's <https://www.middleeasteye.net/countries/israel> defense ministry
reportedly plans to decide which foreign lecturers are allowed to teach in
Palestinian <https://www.middleeasteye.net/countries/palestine>
universities in the occupied West Bank and what topics they are allowed to
teach.

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, a new set of rules issued by the
ministry's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT
<https://www.haaretz.co.il/news/politics/.premium-1.10659419>) will allow
Palestinian institutions in higher education to employ lecturers from
abroad only if they meet specific criteria defined by Israel.

Those lecturers and researchers need to be "outstanding", with at least a
doctorate. They have to submit a visa application at the Israeli consulates
in their countries before traveling to the West Bank.

COGAT is setting a limited number of teaching visas, which would not exceed
100, according to Haaretz.

The new rules were issued last month by army generals at COGAT but will
come into effect beginning of May.

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There will also be a yearly limit of 150 visas issued to international
students who would like to study in Palestinian universities.

Haaretz reported that COGAT and the defense ministry will have the power to
restrict the academic subject taken by international students, who also
need to go through an interview at the Israeli consulate as part of their
visa application.

One document COGAT asks to be submitted as part of the visa application by
students or lecturers is an official invitation letter issued by the
Palestinian Authority (PA).

Lecturers and students' visas will be valid for a year, with the
possibility of extension. Lecturers can teach for five non-consecutive
years at maximum, but they have to depart the country for nine months after
27 months of teaching, in order to comply with Israeli regulations.

International students can stay for four years to complete their graduate
or post-doctoral degrees, and then they have to leave.

These new procedures will include all students and academics traveling to
the West Bank from countries that had diplomatic ties with Israel,
including the United Kingdom and European Union.

However, according to Haaretz, citizens of Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab
Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco, who all have diplomatic ties with Israel,
can only apply for shorter teaching and studying visas under stringent
rules.

The new rules will also decide the visa time of workers at NGOs in the
Palestinian areas and for investors and business people who would like to
work in the West Bank.
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