Canadian School Backtracks, Rescinds Ban on Israeli Students

Stav Doron wanted to study timber construction at the Island School of Building Arts, in British Columbia, but was turned down because of his nationality. School rescinds ban after approach by Haaretz.

Island School students working on a timber building.
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A Canadian trade school rejected an Israeli student's study application on the grounds that it doesn't accept Israelis. The school on Tuesday rescinded its ban on accepting Israeli students after being approached for comment by Haaretz.

Israeli Stav Doron accused the Island School of Building Arts, in British Columbia, of rejecting his application on the grounds that "we are not accepting applications from Israel," due to "the conflict and illegal settlement in the region."

In response to the query from Haaretz, the school responded that "after significant thought and listening to all interested parties, ISBA has decided to rescind any restriction placed on accepting students from Israel and apologize for any inconvenience."

"ISBA remains acceptant to all and will continue to do so without restrictions."

The school, which is based on Gabriola Island in Canada's British Columbia province, specializes in the design and construction of timber structures.

Doron, an engineering student and amateur carpenter, had applied to study at the Canadian school. In an email rejecting his application, Patricia Rokosh, the ISBA's manager of the school and student services, wrote that "we are not accepting applications from Israel," due to "the conflict and illegal settlement in the region."

"It is very sad that an institute that prides itself on having a student body from around the world acts in such a way," Doron wrote in response to the rejection email.

"Yes, it is sad," a school representative replied. "But we are following our moral conscience."

The Island School is a well-established academy and a world leader in the specialized field of design and construction of buildings using wood.

Haaretz has not been in contact with Doron since receiving the school's email rescinding its ban on Israelis. The original report on the rejection of Doron appeared on the Mako website.