Held at the haredi campus of the Ono Academy in Jerusalem, the ceremony followed by only several hours the cabinet's approval of the haredi enlistment bill.
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Dr. Avihai Cohen, Deputy to the Law School Dean, told graduates at the ceremony that they have the power to change how haredim are perceived by Israeli society. "It is at this time, as conflicting forces are at work, that we need to look for the social aspect. The bridges and compromises are the most important," Cohen said.
Graduates (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Chairman of the haredi campus, Yehezkel Fogel, urged the students to "put aside differences of opinions in the Israeli society."
When asked how it feels to graduate on the same day that the haredi draft was passed, Aviad Osheri, who graduated from Law School said, "Sweet revenge. We're proving that you don’t need core studies, you don’t need to assimilate in secular society, and you can still be a lawyer, and a successful one at that."
"If I could I would have stayed at the yeshiva," he added, "but unfortunately we have to make a living and therefore decided to join the job market."
Piron's absence was reported to stem from the protest of many of the students, who said that the education minister was not welcome at the ceremony as he has offended haredim in the past.
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