Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Rav of the Har Bracha yishuv and a senior rabbi in the national religious movement, called on university students to end their strike, which has kept students out of the classroom and on picket lines for nearly a month. Last Thursday, students rioted in Jerusalem, closing roads and facing off against police. Students are demanding that the government cancel plans to raise tuition.
Speaking to students who are members of classes that he teaches at Bar Ilan University and Ariel College, Rabbi Melamed said that the student protests had lost “all proportions. It is unthinkable that the student groups are willing to put up such a fight for this issue, when just a year and a half ago those same groups kept silent as Jews were being thrown out of their homes in Gush Katif and northern Samaria.” He called on students to do all they could to end the strike, and for them to attend class beginning Sunday morning.