A large police force assisted by border police and escorting social workers and other city officials arrived on Sunday morning 14 Iyar at the controversial Be’er Miriam School in the Sanhedria area of Yerushalayim. The school is run by Rabbi Aaron Ramati. The rabbi’s wife, a daughter and four students were detained by police for questioning. Some were surprised that also present during the police operation as Jerusalem Police Chief Chico Edri. The chief accompanied social workers and other city inspectors on a tour of the building to get a firsthand look at the conditions for the girls attending the school.
After the raid social workers began interviewing students. Authorities report that do not know the whereabouts of five of the students. An arrest warrant has been issued for Rabbi Ramati, who was taken into custody later and is being questioned by the Israel Police Fraud Division. The students are being compelled to speak with social workers prior to leaving the building.
Police are going to recommend shutting the school following a recent Health Ministry inspection which cited major deficiencies. The Jerusalem City Engineer inspected the location and issued a demolition order.
There was a recent protest by parents and others demanding the closure of the school, including Yesh Atid MK Dr. Aliza Lavie, who vowed to continue her efforts until such time the school is shut down.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)