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Hundreds of teachers are threatening to resign should the Education Ministry take legal steps to break the strike, Army Radio revealed Thursday morning.
The "young guard" of the Secondary School Teachers Organization initiated the move in an attempt to prevent the ministry from appealing to the National Labor Court. The teachers signed letters of resignation that will take effect if injunctions are issued ordering them back to the classroom.
"If the Treasury goes to the National Labor Court, we'll quit our jobs. Then the judge won't be able to order us back to work," the teachers warned.
Itai Yavin, a teacher at Jerusalem's Sieff high school, signed one of the letters. According to Yavin, hundreds of his colleagues have already done the same. "If they push us to the edge and force us back to the bagrut (matriculation) mills called 'schools' - that haven't been educational institutions for a long time - I believe that many of us will decide to act," Yavin said.
Protesting teachers planned to hand out copies of the letters Thursday in protest tents set up throughout the country, as well as post them on the Internet. The teachers intend to sign 10,000 of their colleagues on similar letters.