Israeli’s continuous expansion of settlements, in violation of international law and UN resolutions, has led to a situation in which the territories under Israeli’s occupation, but nominally administered by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and by Hamas in Gaza, represent a mere 10% of Mandatory Palestine. All access to these territories is controlled by Israel. About 4.5 million Palestinians live there, and almost none of them have access to the higher education system in Israel.13_17_15

The Israeli government maintains nearly 60 colleges and nine universities, four of which, Israelis are proud to point out, figure among the top 300 in the 2014-5 QS World University Rankings. But some are built illegally on Palestinian territory. And all of them contribute directly or indirectly to Israel’s military forces which maintain the illegal occupation by providing research and development, professional advice and training of potential recruits. In return, they benefit from…

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