The university senate voted earlier this month to give off for Christmas, Eid al Fitr (the end of Ramadan) and Eid al Adha (the Druze Feast of the Sacrifice), Haaretz reported. A special committee with student representation had recommended the action. Arab-Israelis make up about 20 percent of the student body at Haifa University, according to its Jewish-Arab Center.
The new vacation days, which will not come at the expense of any Jewish holidays, will go into effect in the coming school year.
— JTA Wire Service