The Israeli Teachers Union has decided that kindergartens across the
country will open an hour late Thursday morning, in protest of the
recent burning of a kindergarten and its teacher’s car.
Teachers Union will not tolerate violent behavior, which has no place in
an enlightened society, and will not allow harm to the teaching staff
who are deeply devoted to the education of children in Israel,” said
Yossi Wasserman, the union’s secretary-general.
The kindergarten, attacked earlier this week, was located in Moshav Heletz, near Ashkelon.
According to reports, the teacher whose car was targeted had received threats from parents prior to the incident.
Minister Shai Piron condemned the event, calling it a “wrong and
criminal act that not only harms property but also endangers that which
is most precious to us – the safety of our children.”
minister spoke with Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino, and called
on authorities to do everything in their power to bring the
perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.
Piron also spoke to the teacher, encouraging her to “continue doing the educational work [she has] been doing for years.”
the event, the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council has established an
emergency team including the council’s welfare and education
departments, the kindergarten’s counselor and psychological services, to
help the kindergarten’s children, parents and teaching staff.
emergency team regularly conducts support workshops, provides advice
and tools for children with trauma, and works on finding practical
solutions for the coming days.
The targeted kindergarten is now
undergoing an intense renovation process, in which the local authorities
have decided to involve the children through an educational and
“There is no doubt that all the professional
bodies in the council have mobilized and continue to provide support in
the process of strengthening the children, parents and educational staff
for their emotional health,” said Eli Deutsch, director of the
educational psychological department at the council, on Wednesday.
Farjun, head of the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, added that the
council is making “great efforts to enable children to return to their
routine calmly and safely.”