On December 18, 2006, the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the government to establish more specific criteria to be used by military officials when deciding whether Palestinian students may enter Israel to study. The decision came in a lawsuit brought on behalf of Sawsan Salameh, a Palestinian woman who was denied entry into Israel by the military after she was accepted to study chemistry and pursue a doctoral degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The court found that the policy of automatically denying applications from Palestinians seeking to study in Israel was excessive and said that Salameh should be allowed to pursue her studies.
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