A planned, gender-separate Student Day event in Jerusalem for religious and ultra-Orthodox students has generated a fierce controversy in the capital, with secular campaigners denouncing the Jerusalem Municipality for funding gender segregation.

Student associations around the country hold major celebrations on Student Day, which is held every year on Jerusalem Day, which falls this year on June 5, involving live music, dance, food, theatrical productions and similar activities.

With the growing number of ultra-Orthodox students in higher education, along with significant numbers of national-religious students, greater interest has been expressed in recent years by such students for Student Day activities which are more appropriate for their lifestyle.