Lod schools to strike after attack on principal

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March 16, 2010 22:57
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All schools in Lod will stop studies for two hours on Wednesday to express solidarity with a high school principal whose home was the target of a Molotov cocktail attack on Tuesday morning.

Shirin Halfi, principal of an Arab high school in the city, told Israel Radio she did not know why she was being targeted for attack, but vowed that she would not be intimidated and would continue to work as normal. She praised a decision by Lod Mayor Ilan Harari to call a strike, adding that violence affected all residents of the city, Jewish and Arab.

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“Today it’s me, tomorrow it will be another principal,” Halfi said. The strike is being supported by parent committees and the local council, Israel Radio said.

The firebombing of Halfi’s home came days after the tires of her vehicle were punctured. No suspects have yet been arrested.

Pupils and teachers announced plans to demonstrate against the attacks outside of the Public Security Ministry in Jerusalem on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the National Teachers Union announced on Tuesday that all teachers would set aside an hour on Wednesday to discuss growing youth violence in schools, following a brutal attack on a school teacher by a student last week at a Be’er Tuvia High School, Maariv reported on Tuesday. According to the teacher, a fifth-grade student pounced on her, kicked her, and tried to bite her, while his friends gathered around shouting “death to the teacher,” after she tried to break up a fight last week.

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