It appears that at least some of the families boycotting the Emanuel Beis Yaakov are unwilling to comply with a High Court of Justice order to desegregate the school, and realizing a subsequent court decision will soon result in a NIS 200 daily fine against parents, they are contemplating relocating to another community. They explain the government cannot dictate how they will educate their children and what rules will apply surrounding chareidi chinuch.
Speaking to Israel Radio on Thursday morning, former High Court Justice Mishael Cheshin explained that “What we are seeing here is a product of the past”, explaining the chareidim are “too accustomed to getting their way”, citing the Bar Ilan Street shabbos conflict and deferments from IDF service as two examples.
Yated on erev Shavuos published a letter from HaGaon HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz Shlita, expressing his objections to the High Court’s rulings. The Rav states the court can send parents to prison, but it cannot compel them to change their lifestyle, beliefs and way of life.
The court’s ruling has left many angered in addition to questioning the court’s agenda, the harsh fines imposed on parents and Chinuch Atzmai, viewed as an unprecedented move towards introducing the court’s influence in chareidi chinuch.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)