Way to go, guys. Give Israel’s enemies ammunition to prove that Israel is racist, by being racist assholes.
Four months after harrowing accounts of discrimination against Ethiopian students, Ynet has reported that the parentsâ€™ associations of the three largest state religious schools in Petah Tikva plan to shut down these aforementioned institutions next week to protest what they call â€œoutright discrimination by private schools in the city as well as the Petah Tikva municipality.â€ Other state religious schools might also join in this boycott.
On Sunday, the school day at the cityâ€™s three major state religious schools will begin at 10am, and starting Tuesday, the Petah Tikva Parentsâ€™ Association has announced that it would suspend studies indefinitely to protest the fact that religious private schools in the city are not accepting their fair share of Ethiopian pupils. The boycott will affect the Morasha School, Ma’alot Chaim school, and the Kfar Ganim School which have a total combined number of 2,000 pupils.
This is shameful. Refusing to accept Ethiopian pupils? And the reason would be….?
I’d love to say this is a one-time thing. But there appears to be a pattern of discrimination against Ethiopian Jews by certain religious schools in this town.
These Ethiopian immigrants were consequently placed in a separate classroom at the very end of the school corridor. One teacher alone was allotted for teaching them all of the various academic subjects. Moreover, the girls were assigned different recess hours to their peers, and given cab fare home so that they would not â€œoverly socializeâ€ with the rest of the girls.
The girls’ parents immediately noticed that their children were lonely, depressed and less than eager to go to school. â€œWe do not understand what we did wrong, what crime weâ€™re guilty of. Is this only because we are black?â€ they asked Ethiopian activist Daniel Uriah, who tried to speak to the principal on their behalf and was unceremoniously kicked out of the school building. Uriah then met with the director of the education administration, who told him that â€œthe school in question is elitist and the girls must learn how to behave if they would like to fit in.â€
Uriah next turned to Deputy Mayor of Petach Tikva, Paltiel Aisenthal of the National Union-National Religious Party. At a joint meeting with the girlsâ€™ parents, Aidenthal glibly stated: â€œDonâ€™t worry about it. We know what is best for the girls. It is no big deal if they are separated from their peers.â€
Unacceptable. Unacceptable actions, unacceptable answers.
I normally do not write about subjects like this. There are more than enough Israel-bashers out there, and while I read all of the news, positive and negative, I prefer not to get into the disagreements on various subjects (particularly the “Who is a Jew” argument). But this? If there is anything other than racism behind this story, I’m at a loss to figure it out.
A Jew is a Jew is a Jew. The Ethiopians are black-skinned? That won’t stop Hamas and Hezbullah from murdering them because they’re Jewish.