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Thursday, December 04, 2014 

Another Haredi school shut for refusing to welcome Sephardic students

Here is a case where the students shunned were boys:
Zichron Yaakov Regional Council Head Eli Abutbul and the Education Ministry ordered the closure of the Ashkenazi religious school Zichron Gavriel after parents objected to allowing two children of Sephardic descent into the school.

Two students, brothers aged 5 and 6, were not accepted to study at the school, despite having been with the same group of students in kindergarten. Their parents went to the Education Ministry's appeals committee six months ago to complain that the refusal was based on their ethnic background.

The Education Ministry, which funds about 60 percent of the religious school's activities, ordered the school to accept the students, but when the two young boys arrived for their first day, they were met by the parents of the other children, who were protesting their acceptance to the Ashkenazi school.

"It is obvious that these children are not wanted in a class where Ashkenazi children are studying -- we must stop the abuse towards these little children," Abutbul said.

The Education Ministry threatened to cut funding to the school. When the situation was not resolved, the ministry decided to shut the school down.

Meanwhile, the conflict between the brothers' parents and the ultra-Orthodox community in the area has worsened. The boys' parents say that members of the community protest outside their home and have thrown stones causing property damage. They were even offered large sums of money to move to another city and to enroll their children in a school there.
They say it's not racism, but it decidedly is. The parents antagonizing these children and their families are acting shamefully, right down to their apparent opposition to the father of one using a Smartphone, which is considered taboo in some Haredi communities. Which shows just how open some of these Haredi communities are to free thought.

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