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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 

Obama doesn't invite Ariel University students to meet with him

And he also doesn't want to visit the Knesset:
Following an announcement that Ariel University students will not be invited to hear US President Barack Obama speak during his trip to Israel, Bayit Yehudi MK Yoni Chetboun condemned the exclusion of West Bank institution.

Obama is scheduled to make a speech in Jerusalem on March 21 as a part of his Middle East visit. The president's advisers said he will not be speaking at the Knesset because he does not intend to address politics.

Chetboun said that Obama's decision was "puzzling" and inconsistent. On the one hand the president announces his intentions are not political, he said, "but in the same breath he makes a political decision, boycotting Ariel University."

MK Chetboun added that "if the president invites students of all Israeli universities, he should also invite representatives from Ariel University, which is recognized by the Israeli government as legitimate academic institution."

Shai Gill, Chairman of Ariel University's student council said that the students were "shocked by the discrimination."

Gill added that this decision has provoked hostility among students and promised their presence in the vicinity of the event.
Does he intend to visit the PLO's headquarters even as he snubs the Knesset? I don't see what the point is of his coming to visit here if he's going to shun a segment of society, which is a very poor example for a politician.

Update: Daniel Halper's also noticed this.

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