After female Arab teachers at a Na’amat Daycare Center in Holon were racially accosted, the organization on Tuesday said the center would remain closed on Wednesday in protest.
According to Na’amat chairwoman Hagit Pe’er, the Arab teachers would not be returning to work due to the danger posed to them.
As a result, the daycare’s nursery would not open and might remain closed due to a lack of manpower, she said.
“I do not intend to allow a reality where workers are afraid to come to their workplace and suffer attacks that give off a bad and pungent smell of racism,” Pe’er said. “We will not allow children to be exposed to messages of hate.”
"I do not intend to allow a reality where workers are afraid to come to their workplace and suffer attacks that give off a bad and pungent smell of racism."Hagit Peer
Daycares had only threatened to close down recently
The Supervised Daycares and Teachers’ Forum had warned that daycares might not open on September 1 in time for the 2022-23 school year.
The decision to open was only made after the government raised teachers’ salaries along with daycare prices for parents. The forum also said if no solutions were found to the problems of racism and the threat of violence, some 1,500 daycare centers would remain closed.