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      by Yisrael Medad
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Adar 23, 5768, 2/29/2008

      There is Another College


      Seems that the administration of the Sapir College has finally acknowledged that Ehud Olmert's policies vis-a-vis Gaza, the Qassams and Israel's general security needs are affecting the enrollment at the institution (here).  The murder of a student on Wednesday, the continuing landing of rockets yesterday and today and the extension of the Arab terror missiles' range up to Ashkelon is a problem.

      Of course, there is another institution.  The University Center at Ariel, the former College of Judea and Samaria.  So far, this area of the Land of Israel is proving to be not only safer and more secure - so much so that students drive daily in from the state of Israel - but its academic reputation is increasing annually. 

      Moreover, students don't have to fear being derided and abused by lecturers who are post/anti-Zionist.  The Ariel Center is proud to be assertively Zionist.

      Maybe wealthy donors and philanthropists from abroad will also see the logic in granting the considerable sums necessary to create a really great academic center in Samaria.

      Students should perhaps transfer to Ariel.  It can be for the better for all: the students, the institution and the land of Israel.

      Amazing what Qassams can do.