Israel Funding Islamic Movement Schools (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 06/19/12)
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The Knesset’s Education Committee had a stormy meeting Tuesday as MKs
debated the “status quo” agreement under which the state gives
partial funding to “non-recognized” schools.
Dr. Tzvi Tzameret, the former Director of Pedagogic Affairs in the
Education Ministry, revealed several problems caused by the current
system. Among the shocking revelations was the fact that Israel funds
schools affiliated with the Islamic Movement.
The Islamic Movement is the Israeli branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The movement does not recognize Israel. The Israel-based wing of the
movement refers to itself as the “Inner Palestine” branch.
Tzameret warned that the state’s role in the education system has all
but disappeared, and that the core curriculum is “non-existent.”
“There are twenty education systems in the hareidi sector alone,” he
said. “It’s not only in the hareidi sector… In my time more than
1,000 non-recognized official schools opened, and it’s worrisome.”
“It’s unbelievable that there are 157 subjects for the Bagrut
[Matriculation tests]. It’s coming at the expense of the core
curriculum. We must create a core curriculum,” he added.
During the meeting an argument broke out between MK Shlomo Mula and
Avraham Layserson of the hareidi school system. Mula accused the
hareidi school system of racial discrimination, to which Layserson
replied, “We have no discrimination. Ethiopians learn in our schools,
as long as they underwent full conversion.”
His response angered Mula, “Ethiopians aren’t Jewish according to the
hareidi system?? What do they need to convert for?” he asked.
Addressing concerns over the core curriculum, Layserson stated that
the belief that hareidi Jews do not learn the required
subjects “stems from lack of knowledge, and from the fact that the
public gets information from the media, which hates Torah.” The
independent hareidi system “teaches subjects like science and
language,” he said. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/19/12)
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