The following appeared on YWN on March 16, 2008:
Hagon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita has called on Yeshivos to fire Arab employees, stemming from the murderous attack in Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva.
Apparently, Rabbonim from a local Bnei Brak Yeshiva had concerns after learning the Merkaz HaRav terrorist was a Jerusalem resident, and they asked Rav Kanievsky regarding an elderly Arab employee in their yeshiva, stating he has worked there for many years. The rabbis added they do not fear the elderly employee is tied to terrorist activities, but nevertheless feel compelled to seek Rav Kanievsky’s ruling on such a serious matter.
The rabbi expressed surprise upon hearing Arabs are employed in the Jewish schools, adding there are many Jews seeking employment and in need of Parnassah. When Rav Kanievsky was asked if his ruling should be publicized, he stated “certainly” and now, after his ruling is public knowledge, hundreds of Yeshivos around the country are expected to follow his decision.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)