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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Proof positive that Lapid is trying to destroy the Haredi way of life in Israel

A gutten zummer - a good summer - to everyone, and a reminder that I am online this evening because I am an Israeli who is in Israel, and therefore it is no longer a holiday for me.

If any of you had any doubt that Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party seek to destroy the Haredi way of life in Israel, here is proof positive that is precisely what they intend. Look at the school funding provision in the budget that Lapid and his 'boss' - Binyamin Netanyahu - railroaded through the cabinet on Monday (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl).
Buried in the details of the Budget Arrangements Law is this provision: National Religious and secular schools that teach 100% of the curriculum will receive 100% funding. The Independent Education system of United Torah Judaism and the Shas party’s Maayan Hachinuch educational stream that teach 100% of the core curriculum will be funded at only 75%.
One could argue about the propriety of a government financing anything other than a purely secular education. However, once the government makes a decision to fund even religious schools – providing they teach the core curriculum – then that decision should be applied to all children who meet the criteria, without discrimination
The provision is contrary to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Israel ratified in 1991. As a signatory of the Convention, Israel has undertaken to provide for the rights of children “without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child’s or his or her parent’s or legal guardian’s race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.”
By choosing to fund National Religious schools that teach 100% of the core curriculum at the same rate as secular schools, but not funding haredi schools that teach 100% of the core curriculum, the government is violating its international legal obligation not to discriminate against children based on their religious practice.
Provisions like these expose our Finance Minister as someone so interested in socially re-engineering one particularly group of society with whom he disagrees that he is willing to discriminate against Israeli children.
So far, the only non-haredi politician to point this out has been Labor Party Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich, who emphasized that while she is not religious in any way and does not share much with the haredim, even she found the anti-haredi ranting in the law distasteful and that it “has nothing to do with economics; it is all electioneering.”
I am a fiscal conservative and I do not share Ms. Yachimovich’s labor ideology, but I do salute her for being the only one thus far to stand up against this assault on children’s rights. If we do not denounce blatant discrimination against Israeli children it will not be long before the civil and human rights of all Israeli citizens who do not toe the majority party line are in danger.
This provision is so openly discriminatory against specific Israeli children that I find it incomprehensible that such a provision should ever find its way into a proposed law. Moreover, few people seem to blink at it.
Message to the stiff necked Dov Lipman - a member of Yesh Atid: How much longer do you intend to be a fig leaf in this blatant attempt to destroy everything your rabbis stand for?

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At 2:09 AM, Blogger HaDaR said...

75% of the schools of Ma'ayan HaChinukh (SHAS schools) are at the lowest 10% in test results in Hebrew and Math.
The government should STOP altogether funding schools that are DESIGNED TO KEEP PEOPLE IGNORANT as an electoral base.
ANYONE asking for government money, should submit to government demands. If they refuse to teach Geography, English, Math, History and Science, they should not get one penny.
They want the middle ages, an Earth centered universe with the sun revolving around it, and spontaneous generation let them be what they want and pay for it.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


I posted this comment only so others will understand why I am doing this.

Not only do you have an irrational hatred for Haredim, you are a fascist.

You are banned from further comments on this blog - the first non-Muslim to receive such treatment. Any comments from you hereafter will automatically go to spam.

This is my house, and I don't have to put up with your fascism.

The Torah is not fascist. You are. You do not represent Torah... or mentchlechkeit.

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

In response to Hadar, I think you're missing the big picture. The government should not be dictating how to educate my children, whether in Math or in Torah. If someone wants to teach their kids in a way that will positively or negatively affect the child's options in his future, that a choice for parents to make.

In addition, the government should not be tossing money every which way. Government is the most inefficient distributor and redistributor of funds. This holds true for funds to all educational institutions of any persuasion.

For perspective, our children attend and have attended religious Zionist schools. I just mention this in case anyone thought otherwise.


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