Haifa University to give off Christian, Arab holidays

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Haifa University will give days off to the student body for Christian and Arab holidays, the first Israeli university to do so.

The Haifa University senate voted Sunday to give off Christmas; Eid al Fitr, the end of Ramadan; and Eid al Adha, the Druze Feast of the Sacrifice, Haaretz reported. The senate voted based on the recommendation of a special committee with student representation.

The new vacation days, which will not come at the expense of any Jewish holidays, will go into effect in the coming school year.

Arab-Israelis make up about 20 percent of the Haifa University’s student body, according to the Jewish-Arab Center at the university.