Terrorists serving time in Israeli prisons have lost their bid against the Jewish State to provide them with a free college education as reported by Israel National News.
Israel’s version of America’s Supreme Court, the High Court has ruled that terrorist prisoners “were not eligible for free university education in Israeli schools.”
Long story short from the High Court:
The permission and assistance extended to prisoners convicted of criminal activities that supplies them with free courses and degree programs at Israel’s Open University does not apply to prisoners convicted of terror activities.
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The ruling was a result of a lawsuit brought by three terrorist prisoners who claimed they were being discriminated against because prison authorities refused to enroll them in an Open University program and pay their tuition.
Specifically with respect to the “discrimination” charge, the three-judge court offered the following:
The court has ruled in the past and continues to rule that the differences in treatment of criminal and terrorist prisoners is not due to discrimination.
We believe the same applies to education
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But in keeping with the age-old Jewish cultural traits of respecting education and pursuing knowledge, even for terrorists, the judges also ruled:
The prison system should be ‘considerate’ in deciding what to do with terrorists who are already in the midst of academic programs.
Going even a step further:
We think it would be worthy to consider those in the midst or close to the end of an academic program separately from those who have not yet begun a course of study.
If the prisons decide not to continue funding the education of those prisoners, they will be free to file petitions with district courts on the matter.