Tens of thousands rally in Bnei Brak
J'lem haredim also protest High Court decision on Emmanuel parents.
By JONAH MANDEL, JPOST.COM STAFF
June 17, 2010 12:06
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of thousands of haredim in Bnei Barak demonstrated Thursday against the
High Court decision to imprison haredi parents from Emmanuel for
contempt of court, following
a series of refusals to implement court decisions.
demonstrations were being held in Jerusalem.
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Parents of girls from the Beit Ya'akov school in Emmanuel were due to
enter prison at 1 p.m. In
a last-minute attempt to prevent the incarceration of 86 Emmanuel
parents of the Slonim Hassidut, Noar Kahalacha requested of the High
Court of Justice to put off the implementation of the court order till
Sunday, so that the sides might be able to reach a compromise.
Noar Kahalacha is
the NGO headed by Yoav Laloum, that filed the 2008 petition against the
segregation in the Emmanuel Beit Ya'akov school for girls.
Some 10,000 police officers were on alert in preparation for haredi
demonstrations against the ruling, and
Insp.-Gen. David Cohen was touring a number of areas in Jerusalem prone
to demonstrations and disturbances by members of the haredi community.
He was expected to arrive at the Russian Compound,
where the haredi parents have been ordered to appear.
were also on alert.
Prison officials said that
special arrangements had been made at both
men and women's prisons to create conditions that would enable the
haredi parents to maintain their orthodox lifestyle.
The court has ruled that parents who refused to return their daughters
to the re-united school would be imprisoned on Thursday for two weeks
for contempt of the court.
The court said that the imprisonment of one parent could be postponed
till the release of the other, in order to ensure the welfare of the
children, but only in the cases in which the parents would file such a
Parents from Emmanuel facing prison said that their rabbi said only the
man should go to prison, but stressed that they didn't intend to file
official requests to the court, since their rabbi's directive is what
The Hassidut Slonim parents have continually refused to comply with High
Court orders to let their daughters study at the Beit Ya’acov school,
alongside other girls whose religious standards they believe are not