Sephardi haredim complain to court about ‘ghettos’

The High Court of Justice on Thursday encouraged Sephardi haredi petitioners complaining of discriminatory “ghettos” and quotas in schools across the country to continue pursuing their case and collecting evidence, while apologetically expressing an inability to immediately issue a more concrete order.
The petition, targeting discrimination as a national phenomenon, focuses on the Education Ministry’s alleged failure to crack down on discrimination, but also specifically names the municipalities of Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Modi’in Illit and Betar Illit as hot spots of discrimination.
Specifically, the petitioners said that some Ashkenazi haredi schools have a clear policy to keep Sephardi student numbers under 30 percent, while at the same time actively pushing Sephardim into “ghettos” with schools where the population is 100 percent Sephardi.
Arguing on behalf of the petitioners, attorney Aviad Hacohen said that the top and most highly regarded Ashkenazi haredi schools were imposing quotas on the number of Sephardi students they would take in order to keep their numbers down and to discourage Sephardim from applying.