The Orthodox Lithuanian faction's response came several days later, with the announcement of a new Ashkenazi religious school for Sephardic girls. The seminary will be run by Rebbetzin Yocheved Elyahiv, who was accused of racism and discrimination in the past after refusing to take in Sephardic students.
In an interview to the Kol Barama radio station, Deri announced his plan to launch a war against religious discrimination in haredi educational institutes, especially in academies for girls. He said he would work to shut down the haredi seminaries.
Deri added that he had received permission from the late leader of the Orthodox Lithuanian community, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, to "revoke funds from Ashkenazi institutions discriminating against Sephardim."
In response, the Lithuanian faction announced the establishment of the new seminary for "the daughters of yeshiva students and good families."
Rebbetzin Elyashiv, the late Rabbi Elyashiv's daughter-in-law, will head the seminary alongside the registration committee coordinator, Rabbi Shimon Azarzar. Rabbi Azriel Auerbach, who belongs to the Lithuanian public as well, will serve as educational counselor.