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23 Tammuz 5766 - July 19, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Ongoing Antichareidi Discrimination at Movement for Quality in Government

by Betzalel Kahn

MKs and ministers are lodging harsh attacks against the Movement for Quality in Government following the blow the organization took when the High Court rejected its petition against funding Education Ministry transfers to Merkaz Chinuch Atzmai and Maayan Hachinuch Hatorani.

The petition sought to oppose a letter circulated by the Education Ministry Director addressing the allotment of funding for classroom hours at Chinuch Atzmai and Maayan Hachinuch Hatorani schools. The High Court judges determined that the Knesset had legislated a law under the Budget Foundations Law aimed at removing the two school networks from the list of other recognized but unofficial institutions and granting them status equal to other children in Israel.

"The Movement for Quality Government," said MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz, "holds government in the State of Israel is high in quality if it discriminates against the chareidi public and if it prevents the chareidi public from standing on its feet. The people from the Movement believe that as long as the chareidi public does not return to the ghetto, the quality of the government is lacking. Even the High Court, which is generally not among the chareidi supporters, saw fit to toss these antisemites among us out the door."

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni said the Movement for Quality Government's hatred toward the chareidi public prevents them from understanding the law and acting accordingly. "The Movement for Quality Government in Israel operates based on political and anti-religious considerations. Hatred makes them lose their senses and they cannot even address the issue in a focused manner. Further evidence of this is their participation in a High Court petition on inducting yeshiva students. Why, for instance, do they not petition against the local authority for not including the chareidi education system in the Karev Foundation or the Sacta-Rashi Fund [the hot-lunch program] and many other things?"

Minister Meshulam Nahari also lodged an attack, saying that rather than making its resources available for matters of inequality, the Movement for Quality Government "tries every way of butting at the chareidi public without any legal or logical basis. I hope the movements that speak of equality in such elevated terms will now internalize [the idea] that a chareidi student is entitled to precisely the same rights as other students in Israel, regardless of the study framework in which they are enrolled."


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