Tag Archive for Education Ministry

Israel Closes Toxic UNRWA Schools in Jerusalem

Former-Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat had been advocating for the closure of the Hamas endorsed UNRWA schools for years, arguing that all the schools in metropolitan Jerusalem should be overseen by the Israel Ministry of Education.

By Israel Today Staff

 

The Israeli government has decided to shut down schools operated by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

While there are numerous refugee populations in the world, the only one enjoying the support of its own dedicated UN agency (UNRWA) is the so-called Palestinian “refugee” population (though it is debatable whether or not they can even be called genuine refugees). Continue Reading »

Doomed Israeli teen texted to friend night before of impending death

Prior to her death in Thursday’s Negev flood, one girl texted to her friend Wednesday evening, “I cannot believe that I am actually going out on this trip in this weather. It makes no sense…. We will die, I am serious.”

By Itai Blumenthal

 

One of the victims of Thursday’s Zafit Stream tragedy, in which nine youths died after being swept away by a flash flood, seemed to have predicted her fate, according to texts she sent her friend before setting out on the trip.

Wednesday, a girl wrote her friend: “Everything is yellow, disgusting.” Her friend responded: “I cannot believe that I am actually going out on this trip in this weather. Continue Reading »

Poll: 48% of E. Jerusalem parents would prefer Israeli school curriculum

Although the Jerusalem Municipality is investing massive resources in east Jerusalem education, including enrichment programs, a poll in the city’s Arab schools reflects a spike in preference for Israeli curriculum, rather than the Palestinian’s.

By Yori Yalon

 

Forty-eight percent of parents whose children are enrolled in schools in east Jerusalem do not want them studying the curriculum provided by the Palestinian Authority, according to a recent poll conducted by the Jerusalem Municipality.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett visiting Israeli classroom – Photo source: Naftali Bennett/Facebook

The city, which polled hundreds of parents of east Jerusalem students, found a sharp decline in parents’ satisfaction with the Palestinian curriculum, which is used in Arab schools in the east of the city, as well as a notable rise in demand for the Israeli curriculum. Continue Reading »

Israel to seek replacing Palestinian curriculum in East Jerusalem with Israeli syllabus

 

Israel’s cabinet approved a plan to encourage schools in East Jerusalem to begin teaching the Israeli curriculum instead of the current Palestinian curriculum to “influence the future youth in the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem and their integration into Israeli society in the long term.”

By LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI

 

The cabinet on Sunday approved a plan submitted by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin to encourage schools in east Jerusalem to teach an Israeli curriculum as opposed to the Palestinian school curriculum.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett visiting Israeli classroom – Photo source: Naftali Bennett/Facebook

“The time has come that also in east Jerusalem [pupils] will learn the Israeli curriculum from first grade,” Bennett said. Continue Reading »

Former Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews sue gov’t for denying basic education

 

Group of former ultra-Orthodox Jews demand compensation for people who left the ultra-Orthodox world and never learned basic math skills, how to use a computer or speak English.
• Ultra-Orthodox leaders worry that any change to the religious education system would threaten a centuries-old way of life that has preserved Judaism for thousands of years.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff

 

When Avihay Marciano completed his schooling, he didn’t know how to use a computer or speak English and had only elementary math skills. Now, Marciano and 50 others who left the insular ultra-Orthodox community are suing the state, claiming they were denied a basic education and left lagging far behind secular Israelis. Continue Reading »

East Jerusalem school principal & teacher fired over incitement against Israeli soldiers

 

Education Minister, ‘Incitement to violence is not education’: Education Ministry outraged with school play where a student is portrayed as an IDF soldier shooting a Palestinian child and students singing songs that praise terrorists who murder Jews.

By Yael Branovsky

 

The principal and a teacher at an east Jerusalem elementary school were fired this week for allegedly inciting and encouraging violence against Israeli soldiers.

A student hurls stones with a slingshot at Israeli troops during clashes in Hebron on Wednesday – Photo: AP

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who has summoned the pair for a hearing, said Wednesday that “incitement to violence is not education, and anyone found to be inciting will not be part of the [education] system.”

On Tuesday, Education Ministry Director General Michal Cohen reprimanded the Dar al-Hahmah school’s board of directors, threatening to revoke the school’s license should the incitement recur. Continue Reading »