Israel is fast approaching a conversion into an anti-Jewish Religion state. First, no Teffilin allowed in school, and now this. This is not an official policy, of course, otherwise how could the Jewish Agency continue to ask rich Americans for money? However, that is a discussion for another day.
Ynet (only in Hebrew, unfortunately) reports that a ten year old boy, who just made Aliyah with his family from France, is suffering religious discrimination. The kid wanted to participate in an after-school soccer club in Modi’in, and so he signed up to the one that was nearest to his house, despite the fact that the club in question wasn’t run by his religious public school. His father also had the thought that he might meet new friends that way – apparently not a legitimate desire.
After the second meet, the kid came home crying, because everyone else decided to boycott “the religious kid”. He wears a kippah, and so they decided not to include him. In Israel. And once, again, in Modi’in. That city, which is so popular among Anglo Olim (many of whom are religious) is apparently adopting a policy of institutionalized discrimination against Jewish behavior. Not to mention the treatment of Olim, which is a much larger issue.
The boy tried to bring up the issue with the instructor, but was ignored. Great. Why is someone like that responsible for the safety and well-being of children?
Finally, the city did not dissapoint, and refused to accept any blame or concede any wrongdoing, characterizing the incident as a “conflict between two children during soccer practice…the issue was solved to the satisfaction of all sides involved.” Right. Refuse to accept any sort of responsibility – otherwise you wouldn’t be an Israeli bureaucrat.
UPDATE: Here is the English version of the article.