Jerusalem: Two Dati Leumi Schools Being Turned Over To Chareidim

The vote was 8 to 6 in favor of handing over two dati leumi schools in Jerusalem to the chareidim as the former no longer has enough students and the latter is short on classroom space. The vote pertains to the Brandt and N’vei Etzion Schools. Members of the dati leumi community were instrumental in assisting by permitting the vote to pass. Yael Entebbe voted in favor while Moshe Leon and Meir Turgeman absented themselves from the vote. This permitted the chareidi majority to emerge successful.

Leading the battle to prevent handing over two more schools to the chareidi tzibur was Chairman of the Hisorarus party and deputy mayor, Ofir Berkowitz. He and his party opposed the move and Mayor Barkat’s program of portioning. Berkowitz and his party, along with Dov Kalmonovitz and Aryeh King voted against the move in the Allocations Committee.

On the eve of the vote, Berkowitz tried to remove the schools from the agenda when he sent a harsh letter to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat: “Within the framework of the agreement, you chose to favor one child over another, to seriously harm religious Zionism in Jerusalem. All the children of the city are our children, and we are committed to caring for them, but not one at the expense of the other, but one next to the other. We supported taking a loan of NIS 1 billion to build classrooms and narrow gaps, and this is the right solution for managing the city.”

After the vote, deputy mayor Ofer Berkowitz said: It is regrettable that anyone who pretends to represent religious Zionism in the city has now given a hand to abandon them. Today, we could move one vote to bring down this despicable decision, but out of personal political considerations, some of the representatives of religious Zionism in the city chose to cooperate with the mayor and turn their voters into being second class.”

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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