'Orot Banot' school in Beit Shemesh
Photo: Amir Levy and Avi Peretz

Haredim disrupt girls' school activities

Battle over state-religious school in Beit Shemesh continues as ultra-Orthodox protestors try to prevent students from leaving building; police restore order

The battle over the state-religious girls' school in Beit Shemesh is far from over: Although the school year began as planned last Thursday, under tight police security, on Sunday afternoon a group of ultra-Orthodox protestors returned to the "Orot Banot" educational institution and tried to prevent students from leaving the building.


A police force, which has been stationed outside the school since the start of the school year in order to maintain order, sent the protestors away and let the students head home.


Ze'ev Moskovich, a member of the school's parents committee, told Ynet he trusted the police to guarantee the students' safety.


According to Moskovich, the parents and the mayor fear the relative calm will not last, and are therefore determined to pursue with a real dialogue in a bid to solve the disagreements between the city's sectors


The Haredim are opposed to the girls' school due to its location, facing the windows of a haredi neighborhood. Efforts to reach an understanding between the haredi residents and the national-religious parents before the start of the school year failed.


According to the haredim, instead of solving the crisis over the building's location – the national-religious insisted on solving every single dispute between the sectors and bringing about "comprehensive peace", which led to an inevitable failure.


Yair Altman contributed to this report



פרסום ראשון: 09.05.11, 08:44
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