Haredi ultra-orthodox yeshiva students 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
The State Attorney’s Office submitted on Wednesday its formal opposition to the
request that the Od Yosef Hai Shechem Yeshiva filed before the High Court of
Justice to reinstate its state subsidies, and called the yeshiva a source of
incitement and violence against Palestinians and the rule of law.
Education Ministry committee had decided to terminate subsidies to the yeshiva
in the Yitzhar settlement based on an accumulated record of its unlawful
activities compiled by state security agencies. The yeshiva responded by
petitioning the High Court to reinstate the subsidies.
In its support for
the ministry’s decision, the state attorney’s written opposition disclosed
substantial details about the alleged offenses, stating that students and rabbis
of the institution were guilty of both incitement to violence and actual attacks
In its opposition, the office noted that students
and rabbis of the institution have also acted violently against Israeli security
forces, have called for a refusal to enlist in the IDF or obey orders and have
urged the violation of Israeli law “when necessary” to further the yeshiva’s
The state claimed that many of the offenses occurred
during regular class hours, and were therefore in violation of both ethical and
Furthermore, the State Attorney’s Office said that
some rabbis of the yeshiva had authored widely publicized essays and quasi-legal
works arguing that it was permitted to kill noncombatants, even if they were
innocent non-Jews and their children.
While the document that the office
submitted expanded upon some of the claims leveled against the yeshiva, a
significant portion of the evidence presented remains classified.
state attorney said that, in light of the yeshiva’s activities and actions
contradicting the basic values of the country, it was not an institution
educationally fit to receive governmental financial support. The office took its
argument a step further, saying that failure to cut off the yeshiva’s public
funding would be wholly unreasonable.