‘Force haredi schools to close on Independence Day’ says NGO

The Hiddush religious pluralism organization called on Education Minister Naftali Bennett to ensure that state-funded haredi schools do not hold classes on Independence Day, a national holiday when all other Jewish schools are closed. 
“The continued funding of educational institutions that educate in a negative manner about the state is an act of suicide by the state,” said Hiddush director and attorney Rabbi Uri Regev. 
Hiddush stated that the approximately 50,000 haredi pupils from so-called “exempt” haredi schools attend a full school day on Independence Day, despite the law establishing it as a national holiday.
“Exempt” schools receive at least 55% funding of fully-funded state schools. 
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