The High Court of Justice on Thursday encouraged Sephardi haredi petitioners
complaining of discriminatory “ghettos” and quotas in schools across the country
to continue pursuing their case and collecting evidence, while apologetically
expressing an inability to immediately issue a more concrete order.
petition, targeting discrimination as a national phenomenon, focuses on the
Education Ministry’s alleged failure to crack down on discrimination, but also
specifically names the municipalities of Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Modi’in Illit and
Betar Illit as hot spots of discrimination.
Specifically, the petitioners
said that some Ashkenazi haredi schools have a clear policy to keep Sephardi
student numbers under 30 percent, while at the same time actively pushing
Sephardim into “ghettos” with schools where the population is 100 percent
Arguing on behalf of the petitioners, attorney Aviad Hacohen
said that the top and most highly regarded Ashkenazi haredi schools were
imposing quotas on the number of Sephardi students they would take in order to
keep their numbers down and to discourage Sephardim from applying.