Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 8 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 7/19/12

Israel Creates A Settler "Samaria" University

By       (Page 1 of 4 pages)   No comments
Message James Wall
Become a Fan
  (19 fans)
Cross-posted from Wallwritings


Few developments shout stability and permanence quite as loudly as the establishment of a university.

There is something about those green-covered campus lawns growing in a water-starved desert land interspersed with eager young students hurrying to class, that stirs pride in the hearts of citizens of an expanding city.

That pride was turned up another notch this week after ABC news reported an Associated Press story which began:

"A settler body voted Tuesday to grant university status to Israel's only West Bank settlement college, overruling objections by Israel's Council on Higher Education and potentially stirring a new round of international condemnation against Israeli policies in the West Bank.

"Upgrading the college in the Ariel settlement has touched off a debate inside Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government has been driving a string of pro-settler measures -- including a state panel's recent conclusion that Israeli settlement of the West Bank is legal."

Let the international condemnations rain down. And pay no heed to that debate inside Israel.

What matters to Ariel and the politically potent settler movement, is that Israel has firmly planted its first "Samaria" University on Palestinian soil.

The New York Times treated the story with great caution, offering this brief explanation of what happened :

"Most of the world views the areas that Israel conquered from Jordan in the 1967 war, and where the Palestinians want to establish a future state, as occupied territory, and the Israeli settlements there as a violation of international law."

To those who do not ascribe to the Zionist narrative as the only true version of history, "the areas that Israel conquered from Jordan" is, in fact, not the biblical land of Samaria. It is called the  Palestinian West Bank of the River Jordan.

The Times, reluctant to acknowledge that a distorted biblical interpretation is being used by the modern state of Israel, shifts its reportorial focus to politics, international and academic:

"Critics denounced the decision as a political move aimed at bolstering the settlement project.  The presidents of Israel's seven other universities and other state bodies opposed the upgrade, saying that the competition for limited budgets and resources was already severe."

Reuters was more specific on the funding and political dimensions of Ariel's elevation:

"The Ariel University of Samaria's new status will entitle it to more state funding, and some see the move as designed to strengthen Israel's stake in the West Bank, territory it captured along with the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in 1967.

"'This decision is not a decision to promote the education system in Israel,' said Yariv Oppenheimer, head of the Israeli anti-settlement organisation Peace Now. '(It is intended) to gain the support of the settlers.'"

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Rate It | View Ratings

James Wall Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

James Wall served as a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 1999 through 2017. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Does Israel Interfere in US Elections?

New York Times Flacks for Jewish Groups Against 15 Major Christian Leaders

How Iran Could Be The Next Neocon Target

Ten Swing States Could Decide the 2012 Election; Obama Leads in Nine of Them

White Evangelicals Stifle Values For Trump

What Protestants Could Learn from Ron Paul

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend