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Closed Society: June 14, 2011

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Ministry of Transportation started Driving School classes separating men from women. According to a source in the Ministry, they allow separate classes for all ultra-Orthodox men who wish to study without women: “This came up due to their sensitivity to this issue. You have to understand, the ultra-Orthodox sector have separation in their buses, and all of a sudden they come here, and sit for long hours together with secular women.”

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June 14th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Education: May 17, 2011

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State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, states in his annual report that the ultra-orthodox sector of the education system discriminates against students of Mizrachi descend. The report states that, among other issues, high schools for girls in the ultra-orthodox sector have quota for students from Sefaradi families. Although the Ministry of Education in 2006 directed 60 ultra-Orthodox schools to change some of the admission rules, the rules were not changed, and the Ministry did not follow up on the directions.
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Closed Society: 13 May, 2011

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The Jerusalem municipality organized a family event for the Haredi [Ultra-Orthodox] sector in Jerusalem’s International Convention Center. In advertising for the event, intended for the entire family, parents were asked to maintain full separation between men and women.

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May 13th, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Local Government: May 11, 2011

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Orthodox factions are pressuring the Jerusalem municipality to cancel the city opera festival planned for next month, stating the fact that some of the shows are scheduled to take place in churches as cause. In response, Mayor Nir Barkat has agreed to consider the removal of city logo from some of the publications.

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May 11th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Closed Society: May 11, 2011

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A swastika was painted on the walls of the synagogue ”Penei Meir” in Kfar Yona, along with the writing “away with the Ultra-Orthodox city.” A severe conflict is being held in recent months, regarding the allocation of land designated for building an ultra-orthodox school in this town.

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May 11th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Closed Society: 22 April, 2011

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Ultra-orthodox Jews of the Ger hassidim have attacked families of the ultra-orthodox Neturei Karta group on a number of occasions in the “Warsaw houses” neighborhood in Jerusalem. In one of the cases, the Ger hassidim reportedly burst into a house in the middle of the night with hammers and axes, ruined the kitchen, poured fuel on the house and on a half-year old baby, and set the place on fire.

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April 22nd, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Closed Society: 25 March, 2011

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Politicos in the ultra-Orthodox settlement city of Modi’in Ilit married off a 13 year-old girl this week, as a “correction” for starting to see a 16 year-old. The marriage took place in opposition to a court order forbidding the parents from marrying off their daughter, and against the protest of the city’s rabbis.

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March 25th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Economy: 23 March, 2011

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John P. Martin, OECD Director for Employment, Labor and Social Affairs, criticized the Israeli government’s socio-economic policy, especially as it pertains to Israeli Arabs. According to Martin, although Israel is the developed country with the highest poverty rate, it invests only 15.3% in social budgeting — some 5 percent less than the rest of the OECD countries. Martin indicates that most of the poverty is concentrated in the Arab and ultra-Orthodox sectors.

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March 23rd, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Closed Society: 24 February, 2011

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Pasquills (Wall posters written by ultra-orthodox Jews) spread across Safed in the past week are calling against the plan to build a Medical School in the town, defining it A Hollocaust of Assimilation. The pasquills’ natures reveal this is not only a battle against future Arab students but also for the city’s future ambiance. According to residents, the identity of the people who spread the pasquills is unknown. “It is obvious that only a few are involved”, said a resident related to the ultra-orthodox community, “but the ultra-orthodox society is aligning with the extremists, and the moderates are silent”.

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February 24th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Closed Society: 16 February, 2011

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Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef said in a lesson that Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, the author of the book Torat Hamelekh, which states the Jewish rules for killing non-Jews, deserves Israel Prize for his book. That was said during a joint lesson of Rabbi Yosef and Rabbi Dov Lior, The Rabbi of Hebron, who wrote his consent to the book. Ya’akov Yosef is the son of Shas’s spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadyah Yosef.

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February 16th, 2011 at 3:53 pm