Tel Aviv Schools Cancel Jerusalem Trip Due to Recent Tension

Parents of 8th grade students concerned about children's safety in wake of terror attack, clashes last week.

Yarden Skop
Nir Hasson
Haaretz
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A Palestinian youth holds a slingshot during clashes with Israeli police in a suburb of East Jerusalem, Oct.23, 2014. Credit: AFP
Yarden Skop
Nir Hasson
Haaretz

Tel Aviv schools have postponed class trips to Jerusalem at the request of parents because of heightened tensions in the capital city.

The Tel Aviv Municipality said Sunday it honored a request by parents of 8th grade pupils to postpone a trip planned for most Tel Aviv schools this week because it included visits to areas where violence recently occurred.

The city also canceled bar and bat mitzvah trips by eighth-graders to Jerusalem during which participants were to visit the Western Wall and Ammunition Hill, near the site of the terror attack on the light-rail system Wednesday.

“There is no overall directive to cancel trips to Jerusalem,” the municipality said. “On the contrary, next week the annual field trip to Jerusalem by one school will take place.”

In recent months, clashes have erupted at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site between Palestinian stone throwers and Israeli police. Similar clashes erupted elsewhere in east Jerusalem.

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