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Tel Aviv University to award an honorary doctorate to the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper



The ceremony will take place on Wednesday,


January 22 at 6.30 p.m.


Bar Shira Auditorium, Tel Aviv University



In a festive ceremony, Tel Aviv University will award an honorary doctorate

to the Right Honorable Mr. Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada.

The degree will be awarded during his state visit to Israel next week.


Mr. Stephen Harper will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy

for his exemplary conduct as a prominent world leader who promotes freedom,

human rights and the rule of law; for his efforts to advance higher

education; for his open and fundamental support of the State of Israel both

as a private individual and as Prime Minister of Canada, and for his active

and brave participation in the struggle against anti-Semitism and other

forms of extremism.


Mr. Harper has served as Prime Minister of Canada since 2006. Since Mr.

Harper entered office, his government has promoted strict laws relating to

public accountability; reduced personal and company taxation to the lowest

level for forty years; introduced reforms in the criminal justice system;

and strengthened Canada's international reputation as a reliable ally in the

defense of freedom, democracy and human rights.


Prime Minister Harper is an honorary member of the International Raoul

Wallenberg Foundation, a non-governmental organization named after the

Swedish diplomat who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews in World

War II. The Foundation develops educational programs and campaigns to raise

public awareness, based on the values of civil courage and fellowship –moral

characteristics associated with the man who came to the aid of Jews during

the Holocaust.