- Jul 15, 2009
AS if Israel hadn't enough problems with it's psychotic government and it's incompetent military, now ordinary Israelis have to put up with this;
How nuts is that?Ultra-Orthodox Jews have staged one of the biggest protests seen in Israel, to demand their children be educated separately from other Israelis.
Police said 120,000 Ashkenazi Jews rallied in Jerusalem and near Tel Aviv.
They turned out to support parents who refused to let their girls share classrooms with Jewish pupils of Sephardic or Middle Eastern descent.
The Ashkenazi parents, who are of European descent, want segregated classrooms because they say Sephardi families are not religious enough.
Yakov Litzman, an MP from the ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi party, United Torah Judaism (UTJ), told army radio there was "not a drop of racism" in the parents' decision.
"I don't want my daughter to be educated with a girl who has a TV at home."
BBC News - Ultra-Orthodox Jews in mass protest over school ruling