Israel's Christian schools go on strike

2015-09-06 21:13
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Jerusalem - Police say about 2 500 striking demonstrators have gathered outside the prime minister's residence 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.

About 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.

Protesters complain of discrimination since Israel continues to fully fund large private school networks that cater to ultra-Orthodox Jews while it slashes the Christians' budget.


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