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Bar Ilan Student Strike Enters Third Week; Report Arson Attempt on Home of Rector; Student General S

A strike of students at Bar Ilan University entered its third week today as police disclosed an arson attempt on the home of Prof. M.Z. Kadari, Rector of the Orthodox-sponsored university. Police said the attempt was made last week. Prof. Kadari incurred the anger of the student body because of his demand that they cease holding Saturday night dances in the school auditorium and his instructions to lecturers to be more strict in their marking.

According to police, Kadari found bottles of fuel behind his home and several of his stone steps blackened. He became suspicious and called police only after receiving an anonymous telephone call from someone who asked him “how he liked the fire,” police said. Kadari is presently on a visit abroad and there has been no further contact between the university authorities and the striking students.

The students called for a general meeting and demonstration today to protest the lack of initiative on the part of the university to end the strike. Meanwhile, the Israeli Students Association has called for a student general strike Thursday in solidarity with the Bar Ilan students.