A Beit Shemesh national religious girls school will open on Thursday for the start of the school year as planned, the Education Ministry has said.
Hundreds of Beit Shemesh residents protested in the city on Monday against what they say is the city’s caving in to pressure from the local haredi population, which threatens to leave the doors of a local girls school shuttered come September 1. A number of residents of the city, both national religious and secular say the controversy is part of an ongoing effort by the haredi mayor and extremist members of the city’s haredi community to make the city more and more haredi, at the expense of the rest of its residents.
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