The Ministry of Education on Sunday ordered the closure of a Beis Yaakov School operating in the Shomron chareidi community of Emanuel. Municipal officials were ordered to see to the immediate closure of the school, which is plagued with racial tensions surrounding ashkenazi and sephardi schools, or perhaps more accurately, the parents, as was reported by YWN-Israel (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=47404).
The school was never approved and it operates under unacceptable conditions. The ashkenazi girls have not been attending classes since Chanukah, with the parents arranging for private classes and tutoring. The ashkenazi population objects to the presence of sephardi girls in the school. The ministry states it will not permit the school to continue operating in sub-standard temporary conditions and it will not condone classes of six and nine girls to accommodate the racial discrimination.
Municipal officials indicate they have passed the message along and if the school continues to operate, those responsible will face the criminal consequences of their actions.
A High Court decision is expected on Wednesday regarding the illegal practices taking place in the school, the racial segregation.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)