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Sunday, June 26, 2016 

Moshe Gafni's rigid socialism

Israel National News reports that Haredi MK Gafni is continuing to espouse opposition to Haredis working, much like he opposes army service and college studies:
United Torah Judaism MK Moshe Gafni, who has expressed opposition to the growing trend of haredim attending academic institutions, has now voiced his opposition to haredim joining the Israeli workforce.

The haredi MK was attending an event at Bar-Ilan University earlier this week in which he fielded questions and made further comments regarding the issue of higher education and workforce integration for his haredi constituency.

Gafni's general attitude has been to oppose any change to the "status quo," in which haredi children attend elementary schools where they receive very little secular education, and then go on to high schools where they receive none whatsoever. University attendance was considered out of the question.

In recent years, however, a growing number of "mainstream" haredim have begun seeking higher education, and there have been calls for incorporating more secular studies at the elementary and high school levels, so as to better prepare children for life in Israeli society, while strictly maintaining their haredi identity and way of life.

At the Bar-Ilan event, as reported by Kol Hai, Gafni acknowledged that there is a shift in public opinion, and that more and more haredim wish to integrate more fully into the workforce. However, when asked what he and the other haredi political representatives were doing to help, he said: "nothing".
If that's how they're going to be, the Haredis shouldn't even rely on such parties for helping them enter workforces. It's totally lugubrious. Yet they have no problem serving in the Knesset. If that's what they think, they shouldn't even be working in politics.

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