On Monday 19 Kislev at noon R”L, participants gathered on the Hebrew University campus to light their Xmas tree. This is the same department, the law school, that refused to accommodate frum students seeking a mechitzah but was fine accommodating Ramadan for Muslims.
The student union of the law school put the word out on Facebook, inviting all to take part in lighting their tree to celebrate the birthday of Yeshu, speaking of a message of “love and peace throughout the world”.
Hebrew University response: “The Hebrew University attaches great importance to a person’s right to freedom of expression and freedom of religion within its walls. Institute an Israeli academic, leads, international and multicultural promotes university values of equality among all religions and allows freedom of action in this area while maintaining public order, University rules and laws of the State of Israel.”
YWN-ISRAEL: The above “freedom of religion” did not seem to apply when religious girls were asking to have a mechitzah in line with their religious beliefs.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)