The Education Ministry on Tuesday closed the religious high school that is
connected to the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar,
because it suspected that its students were involved in violent attacks against
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On Monday police raided the school looking for a suspect,
but were not able to locate him.
The adult section of the yeshiva, can
continue to operate, but the high school, known as Dorshi Yechudha, can no
longer service the 100 pupils who study there.
The school’s attorney
Yitzhak Bam said the ministry’s decision was an act “of collective punishment”
against the “price tag” attacks.
He said the school’s closure was based
on secret information, that was not shared with the school, so there was no
opportunity to confront it.
He added that the school did not promote
One of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva heads, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira,
was also investigated by police for his book Torat Hamelech
(The King’s Torah),
which said that Jews can behave violently toward non-Jews during war time.