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Should children be forced to integrate in schools?

Nuala McGovern Nuala McGovern | 09:52 UK time, Monday, 21 June 2010


Hi Nuala popping up a post for Sarah.

Tens of thousands of ultra-orthodox Jews took to the streets of Jerusalem yesterday to protest against the jailing of 35 fathers who have violated a Supreme Court order, which ruled that their daughters must attend integrated schools.

The Ashkenazim Jews of European origin want to keep their daughters apart from their slightly less orthodox Sephardic peers from Arab and North African origin arguing that their education should be kept pure. The Supreme Court has ruled this ethnic segregation unlawful so now these fathers will spend the next two weeks in jail. Four other men and 22 women were meant to join them but failed to hand themselves in.

Esther Bark who has seven daughters had this to say in the Washington Examiner

"To suddenly put them in an open-minded place is not good for them."

Writing in the Huffington Post, Eileen Read says,

"Makes me want to run to my schoolbooks and kiss the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "Congress shall make no law establishing a state religion, nor inhibiting the free exercise thereof."

Anshel Pfeffer writes in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz,

'The real issue at stake here is the extent to which a closed and separate community can be allowed to manage its own affairs in a democratic state. Does the government have any responsibility to children whose parents choose to belong to a group that shuns modern education?'

This blog says the whole situation is tragic when there are much bigger issues at stake for Jews and Israelis around the world.

NYLeydiSpeak tweets

'well, different strokes for different parents'

NeeyaZa disagrees,

'Wow. Even racist to people who have the same religion.'

So is this a question of racism on the part of ultra-orthodox Jews or is it an infringement of a parent's right to choose their child's education? Should children be forced to integrate by the state?


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