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Seculars to march in Bnei Brak against yeshiva funding

Police authorize rally organized by Forum for the Promotion of Equal Share in the Burden against State funding of yeshiva students. Officials in ultra-Orthodox city say rally will 'ignite' it

Tel Aviv District Police authorized on Wednesday the proposed route of a protest march set to be held in Bnei Brak against a bill granting millions in state funding to yeshiva students.

 

Four months ago police refused to approve the march, which is being organized by the Israeli Forum for the Promotion of Equal Share in the Burden, for fear of violence on the part of radical ultra-Orthodox. Police and the organizers eventually agreed on an alternate route.

 

The march will likely take place in early November, but an exact date has yet to be determined.

 

According to the organizers, some of the hundreds of people who are planning to take part in the march will be dressed in IDF uniforms. They said the march will also be an act of support for a petition filed against the Tal Law, which exempts young haredi men from military service on religious grounds.

 

Attorney Gil Solomon, who is representing the Forum, said the police's decision to approve the march was "important for democracy in the State of Israel," adding, "We hope the national-religious public will join us as well."

 

A spokesman for the Bnei Brak Municipality said the march would "ignite" the city and "turn it into hell."

 

The spokesman said he believed the march will not take place.

 

 


פרסום ראשון: 10.27.10, 17:12
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