Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tear Down That Wall!

My first thought when seeing this headline was "What the hell!?", but here goes:
Court: No more wall separating Ashkenazim, Sephardim

Petition filed with High Court about more than a year ago after haredi school was suspected of ethnic discrimination. Judges rule courtyard wall separating Ashkenazi, Sephardic students must be taken down

Kobi Nahshoni Published: 01.15.09, 15:26 / Israel Jewish Scene

After a year of deliberations, High Court Justices Edmond Levi, Hanan Meltzer and Edna Arbel ordered the Beit Yaakov religious school and the Independent Education Center to nullify within a week all discriminatory practices and protocols that separate between Ashkenazi and Sephardic students, including the removal of a wall in the school's courtyard, unifying the two teachers' rooms meant for two different "learning tracks" and cancellation of the unlawful levies on parents of students in the "Ashkenazi-Hasidic track."
Read the whole piece, but... really!? We've all heard about anti-Sephardi discrimination in Charedi schools in Israel, but - wow.

On the flip side, if you're the Sephardi here: Why would you send your daughter to a school that has walls separating your kids from everyone else?