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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The driving force behind the Emmanuel school High Court of Justice petition is
threatening Shas chair Interior Minister Eli Yishai with another legal
intervention if he does not keep his word and take concrete actions to put an
end to racial discrimination at haredi schools.
In a letter last week,
Yoav Laloum reminded Yishai of his recent commitment to form a rabbinical
committee that would oversee and regulate the acceptance of girls to high
schools, one of the resolutions following the Emmanuel affair.
discrimination rose again two months ago when 10 Sephardi girls were not
accepted to the local Ashkenazi school in Modi’in Illit, following which Shas MK
Haim Amsalem sent a letter to the United Torah Judaism faction, demanding their
intervention. Yishai also issued a similar letter a short while afterward, in
which he reiterated the need for the rabbinical committee, and said he’d act to
bring about its imminent creation.
Now, wrote Laloum in his name and on
behalf of his Noar Kahalacha NGO, is the time for enrollment in the next school
year, and cases of Sephardi girls not being accepted are already
“Following the orders of our rabbis...
we will act to
eradicate the disgraceful phenomenon of discriminating against Sephardi girls in
haredi educational institutions in any way, even – if there will be no other
choice – by legal proceeding.
We hope there won’t be a need for such
measures,” Laloum said.
“And on this occasion,” he added wryly, “we’d be
grateful to hear if all the Shas ministers and MKs transferred their children to
Shas’s Ma’ayan Chinuch Torani network, as per the order of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef,
head of the Council of Torah Sages.”