Education and Politics: Old issues, new fears

All too often, the problem of the lack of sufficient classrooms in the haredi sector ends up being resolved by “lending” classrooms, courtyards or complete buildings to haredi schools or preschools.

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September 8, 2016 21:02
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Rivlin at Haredi school in Jerusalem, August 16, 2015. (photo credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM, GPO)

 
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Although the acute shortage of classrooms exists mainly in the city’s Arab sector, the situation in the haredi sector is not much better.

Unlike what is happening in the Arab neighborhoods – where the lack of classrooms compels a large number of parents to send their children to private Muslim schools – on the Jewish side, all too often the problem of the lack of sufficient classrooms in the haredi sector ends up being resolved by “lending” classrooms, courtyards or complete buildings to haredi schools or preschools, thus adding more tension, mistrust and eventual hatred between the two communities.

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