It may appear to some in Israel that what is rightfully unacceptable against the Israeli Arab and Ethiopian communities may be permitted when it comes to the chareidim.
Residents of Kfar Yona are waging a battle to prevent the construction of a chareidi school affiliated with Shas’ Mayan Education Network, explaining “It would adversely impact the non-religious community in the region and the entire city. There are not enough students to justify a chareidi school and such a school is not needed”.
According to the Ynet report, the Pnei Meir Chareidi School that is operating in Kfar Yona is doing so in substandard conditions, with students studying in caravans. The Ministry of Education has decided to allocate 5.4 million NIS towards a school building.
The talmid torah building is planned on Dan Street but the opposition from residents has compelled moving it to HaTzivoni Street, the site of the caravans today.
One resident quoted by Ynet says “We must concern ourselves with budgets for other projects in the city and we don’t need a chareidi school. We don’t plan to remain silent in our opposition to the school”. City Councilman Avishai Baram is proudly aligned with the opposition to the school.
Baram tells Ynet “This is a totally non-frum community and we don’t want to compromise the character of the area. Building this type of school will attract other chareidim from outside to the city and this will harm us. Kfar Yona is overwhelmingly chiloni, and building a chareidi school is political. It is simply unnecessary. We will fight to have the budgetary allocation cancelled as well as the building plan itself”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)