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Israel: Preferential Treatment for Veterans in Dorms

(July 2, 2008) On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) passed an amendment to the Absorption of Veterans Law, 5754-1994. The amendment authorizes academic institutions, including universities, to give preference, when evaluating eligibility for residence in dorms and other economic benefits, to students who served in the army. The amendment was designed to “reflect the commitment of Israeli society to those serving in the Israel Defense Force and in the National Service, for their contribution to state security and the welfare of its citizens.” The bill's explanatory notes further state that “the granting of economic benefits to veterans may provide economic assistance to those who sacrifice several years of their lives to the welfare of all and cannot work and earn a living during that period.” (Veterans Absorption Law and Bill, (Amendment No. 7) 5768-2008, the Knesset official Web site, (last visited June 23, 2008).)