Emmanuel, Israel – The Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday fining Ashkenazi parents in Emmanuel, unless they resume sending their children to the local Beit Ya’acov Girls’ School with Sephardi pupils.
Starting May 25, each parent will be fined NIS 200 per day that their children do not attend the school.
Three years ago the Beit Ya’acov school divided the students into two tracks, a “hassidic” track whose students were banned from contact with secular relatives or friends, and a regular track for other students. Because many of the Sephardi girls came from families with traditional or secular members, this created de facto Ashkenazi and Sephardi tracks.
After the Supreme Court ruled against the arrangement, the Asheknazi parents pulled out their children from the school and established a “pirate” school and have been preventing their children from attending the established school since.
The Supreme Court also ruled that the school must merge its two courses of study, in order to prevent the possibility of ethnic separation.
The Supreme Court announced its decision after talks the school failed to reach an agreement with an anti discriminatory foundation over predetermined acceptance conditions for each course of study. The court also instructed to fine the school NIS 10,000 (about $2,650) for each day it violates the ruling.