Ben-Gurion University
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Students from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev criticized the university rector's decision not to allow them to protest in favor of the reform, days after a protest against the reform was approved.

According to Maariv, one of the students sent a letter in which he requested that due to protest events planned for Sunday in support of the judicial reform legislation, they expect that students will be allowed to participate and be absent from studies.

"I urge you to act in accordance with the university's code of ethics, which talks about preventing any kind of irrelevant discrimination, or inequality and arbitrariness, and requires impartiality. According to the code of ethics... the university cannot reject or favor cultures, worldviews, or values, or oblige those who attempt to bring them into the institution," he wrote.

In response, Rector Professor Haim Hames replied that although the anti-reform protest had been allotted a full day, the right-wing protest on Sunday is planned only for the evening and therefore should not interfere with the course of the day.

He also added: "The question regarding who has the authority to approve a special date is pending before internal university legal courts, and therefore at this time, I am prevented from giving such approval, regardless of the type of demonstration or protest."