Israel Closes Down Yitzhar Yeshiva Due to Violent Acts Against Palestinians

Education Ministry follows Shin Bet recommendation to close down West Bank yeshiva after its students engage in violent acts against Palestinians, Israeli security forces.

Israel's Education Ministry decided Tuesday to follow the recommendations of the Shin Bet and close down the Dorshei Yehudcha yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, following its students' involvement in violent acts against Palestinians and Israeli security forces.

Shimshon Shoshani, the former director-general of the Education Ministry, decided last week before leaving his post to close down the yeshiva indefinitely.

Settlers protesting in Yitzhar
Settlers protesting in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar in April, 2010Yitzhar spokesperson's office

Dorshei Yehudcha yeshiva high school is part of the institutions of Od Hai Yosef, headed by Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg. Two heads of the yeshiva, Rabbis Yosef Elitzur and Yitzhak Shapira wrote the controversial book "The King's Torah" which justifies the killing of non-Jews.

Last month, Haaretz revealed that the Shin Bet recommended that the Education Ministry close down the yeshiva since "it had collected extensive information on yeshiva students which are involved in illegal and violent activities against Palestinians and the security forces." It was also known that the yeshiva rabbis and its heads were aware of some of the activities taking place and allowed the students to participate.

קראו כתבה זו בעברית: הישיבה ביצהר תסגר בגלל אלימות כלפי פלסטינים