Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Student Strike

Here in Israel, going on strike is one of the national pastimes, and the country's college and university students have been at is since Passover. Those in this picture were part of a protest around noon today between Ben Yehuda and Bezalel here in Jerusalem. At issue is the government's plans to increase tuition while at the same time implementing a system of scholarships and loans as financial aid. Student leaders demand an actual cut in tuition. However, I get the impression the majority of students aren't wholeheartedly behind the leadership. That said, this might briefly blend into the larger nationwide protest movement to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

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