Ultra-Orthodox Jews Protest Over Israeli Segregation Ruling
June 18, 2010
Israel (ChattahBox) – More than 100,000 Ultra-Orthodox Jews amassed in a protest against a Supreme Court ruling that forces an elementary school in the West Bank to stop segregating students based on racial origin.
The Beit Yaakov elementary school is an all-girls institution made up of mostly Ashkenazim Jews of European origin. Sephardic Jews of Northern African and Middle Eastern origin were being kept from the main population of students, and taught in separate classes.
Protests from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem were held, leading police to enforce strict barriers on crowds of a hundred thousand in various locations.
The protesters believe that segregation should be a matter of religious policy within the school, without influence form the state.
“We see this as the right that parents have to allow their children to receive the education they believe in,” a protester said in an interview with CNN.