University has become Israel’s first university to designate important Christian,
Druze and Muslim holidays—Christmas, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha—to the
school’s calendar, allowing students from those faiths to take off on those
new holidays, which will go into effect next academic year, however, will not
come at the expense of any Jewish holidays.
is a precedent-setting decision that reflects our vision,” Haifa University
President Amos Shapira told Haaretz.
excellence in research and teaching is our primary goal and we aim to
accomplish this in a culture of tolerance and openness. Our students study
together, they do research together and it seems only natural to us that they
will also be able to mark the holidays that are important to them together,”
University, which draws many students from Israel’s diverse northern region,
has a large Arab Christian, Druze and Muslim student population.