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The roofs of the mess rooms and classrooms in the tent city being built in the Negev to house African asylum seekers contain the hazardous material asbestos. This despite the caution on the Ministry of the Environment website that Mesothelioma cancer can be caused even by low to medium levels of exposure to asbestos.
Despite the fact that in 2007 Mandatory Education was extended by law so as to limit the number of students in first and second grade to 20 per classroom, and that the study of basic skills will be gradually extended, it transpires from the Appropriations Act that this year, too, lower grades will continue to study in classrooms of 30 students at least, and that no enrichment hours have been added into the system. In its explanations for the Appropriations Act the government claimed that the delay in implementing the law is due to the high budgetary cost it imposes, and that the need for reducing class size is reduced due to implementation of the Ofek Hadash education reform. The government further declared that it does not intend to implement the law in the current or next school year. (Hebrew)
East Jerusalem is short hundreds of classrooms, and registration to local schools is done on a first come, first serve basis. School administrators are adding classrooms in windowless bomb shelters and inside homes, to cope with the lack of classrooms.
The Jewish Agency gave NIS 374,857 in 2009 to Im Tirzu, a political movement. These funds had been originally donated by an American evangelical movement, Christians United For Israel, and the Jewish Agency merely served as the funnel, for the purpose of making these donations tax deductible. It should be noted that the Jewish Agency permits only donation for non-political organizations, and only pre-designated donations.
The President of the Tel Aviv University, Professor Joseph Klafter, said that he had received the report by the Zionist Strategy Institute complaining about a post-Zionist slant in the sociology department, from the Director of the Council for Higher Education. He says “the Council and the Planning and Budget Committee should not deliver universities mail from any marginal group, neither on the right nor on the left.”