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Thousands protest Christian school funding

Police say about 2,500 striking demonstrators have gathered outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem to protest against the slashing of funds for Christian schools.

Christian school administrators accuse Israel of cutting their funding as a tactic to pressure them to join the Israeli public school system — a move they say would interfere with the schools’ Christian values and high academic achievements.

Thousands of Christian students, teachers, and education workers, protest in front of the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on September 6, 2015. (Flash90)
Thousands of Christian students, teachers, and education workers, protest in front of the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, on September 6, 2015. (Flash90)

Some 33,000 students in 47 schools have been on strike since the school year began on September 1. Arab lawmakers joined students, parents and principals at Sunday’s demonstration.

— AP

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