Rabbi Moshe Friedman, infamous for his participation with the Neturei Karta at the anti-Zionist & Holocaust-denial conference in Teheran in ’06, has again placed himself in the middle of a disgraceful controversy, but this time in Antwerp.
A Belgian court ordered a Jewish school for girls to admit two boys or face heavy fines.
A Belgian judge ruled on Dec. 21, that because yeshivas are subsidized by the Flemish community, Benoth Jerusalem must admit the boys or face a $2,600 penalty per child for each day the boys are not permitted to attend, according to the Gazet van Anwerpen, a local paper.
Joods Actueel, a Belgian-Jewish monthly, reported that the father of the boys was Moshe Friedman, an anti-Zionist Orthodox Jew who participated in a conference of Holocaust deniers in 2006 in Tehran, Iran. The paper said no school in Antwerp would admit his children. Friedman sued citing a recent decision from the Commission on Students’ Rights which held that a child cannot be denied admission to a school on the basis of gender.
In an interview with ATV, a Belgian television station, Friedman said the refusal to inscribe his boys into a school for girls was an act of “revenge” by the Jewish community because of his “opinion and good contacts with world leaders.” He added he had no choice but to enroll the boys there because he needed them to go to a Jewish school.
The report did not say why Freidman chose a school for girls instead of one of Antwerp’s many schools for boys.
The director of Benoth Jeruzalem school told Gazet van Anwerpen that a decision on how to proceed will be made next week.
View original JTA publication at: http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/12/28/3115566/antwerp-jewish-girls-school-forced-to-admit-boys