Jerusalem will tweak posters in kindergartens banning entry to ‘minorities’
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Jerusalem will tweak posters in kindergartens banning entry to ‘minorities’

Fliers in capital’s daycare centers outline security regulations; anti-racism groups calls them ‘classic case of dehumanization of Arabs’

Illustrative: children on their way to school in Jerusalem, September 2, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Illustrative: children on their way to school in Jerusalem, September 2, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The Jerusalem municipality said it will “fix” a wave of fliers that have appeared in kindergartens city-wide forbidding entrance to “minorities,” using a Hebrew term considered code for Arabs.

After an anti-racism group brought attention to the fliers, which are marked with the municipality logo, the city said Monday it had followed “security protocol determined by the police and Education Ministry,” and promised to “correct” the posters, which were distributed a year and a half ago.

Noa Sattath, director of Israel’s Religious Action Center, said she noticed kindergarten security regulations this week featured the contentious rule, and pledged a lawsuit against the municipality if it did not take action.

Sattath called the fliers a “classic case of the dehumanization of Arabs in Israel,” where Arabs comprise 20 percent of the population.

The Jerusalem Municipality flier had included the ban on “minorities” in its security regulations for kindergartens in the capital. In a statement, the city suggested it would reformulate the warning on the fliers, while indicating the directive would remain in place.

“The security regulations for educational institutions are determined by the Israel Police and Education Ministry, and the Jerusalem Municipality acts accordingly,” it said, according to the Ynet news site. “We thank you for directing our attention to the formulation of the instructions and we will swiftly work to fix it.”

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