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    • 27.12.11 | 06:12 (IST)

    in case you were really asking because you want to know (rather than to provoke); from personal experiance (i live in the area) i can tell you that most of the mothers come to school dressed in typical "modern orthodox" garb, that is short sleeves, only partialy covered hair etc. the issue here is that there has long been bad blood between the modern orthodox nieghborhood of shienfeld and the charedi nieghborhood of RBS B. the school building is technicaly in RBS B, but very near to shienfeld. it had been promised to the modern orthodox years ago before the school building or RBS B were built (in israel school buildings are typicaly distributed by "sector"). many charedim felt that since the building is in their nieghborhood it should be used for a charedi school, and the mayor (who is a sweet fellow by all acounts) tried to broker a compromise where this building would be given to a charedi school and the modern orthodox school would receive a different building that was not in a charedi nieghborhood. because of the old bad blood between the 2 nieghborhoods, the modern orthodox turned down the compromise, leaving the mayor with no choice but to give them the building. most residentse of RBS B felt this was unfair, but accepted it anyway. a small group of radicals decided to demonstrate against the school because they feel if they give in on this the city will take more advantage of them in the future, and because they don't like the mayor and this was an opertuinity to embaras him. then a small group of modern orthodox radicals (led in part by dov lippman) decided that they would use this as an opertunity to settle old scores against the charedi radicals. right now both sides are feeding off each other and they are both out of control. in the short term lipman and his gang will prevail (having formed an alliance with the secular "we hate all judaism" croud) but in the long term they will lose, as they are turning people like myself, a moderate charedi (who are the majority of the religous residents in the city overall) against them by their stridency, refusal to compromise and involving out of town antisemites. overall)

    from the article: Israeli city braces for 10,000-strong protest against exclusion of women
    First published 00:28 27.12.11 | Last updated 00:28 27.12.11
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