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A law exempting haredi male high school-age students from studying the core
curriculum, which is mandatory in all parallel state-financed schools, does not
violate the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Freedom or the Basic Law: Freedom of
Occupation, the state wrote on Thursday in a brief to the High Court of
The brief was in response to a petition filed earlier this year
by a group of educators and others, including Prof. Uriel Reichmann and Amnon
Rubinstein of the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, and former IDF manpower
head Maj.- Gen. (res.) Elazar Stern asking the court to nullify the law or force
students in these schools to study the core curriculum.
curriculum is meant to teach all primary and secondary school students
fundamental subjects, such as mathematics, English and subjects that
about citizenship and society, meant to establish a common denominator
and understanding for all children, whether they are secular, modern
Until 2008, the law insisted that all high school students study
the core curriculum.
However, the haredi leadership refused to teach
their high school aged boys secular subjects.
In 2008, the haredim used
their political clout to pass a law establishing a new category of
called Special Cultural Educational Institutions, which were not obliged
teach the core curriculum.
The petitioners charged that such schools were
denying their students “knowledge, tools, basic skills vital for the
development of their human autonomy, the ability to earn a living with
and the ability to integrate into Israeli society as active citizens who
what to contribute and enjoy full rights.”
In its response, the state
denied the petitioners’ allegations.