TEL AVIV (Jul. 2)
An announcement by Education Minister Aharon Yadlin that he intended to introduce sex education in all State schools has raised a storm in religious circles here. Rabbis and yeshiva heads have organized “action committees” to “safeguard the nation’s sacred values.” They have flooded Yadlin and some prominent Knesset members with telegrams to ban sex education in order to “keep clean the soul of youth and the boys who have not sinned.”
Yadlin announced the proposed sex education courses at an international symposium on sex education attended by several hundred sexologists, educators and psychologists from 30 countries. What aroused the ire of religious elements who have denounced the plan as “impure education” is the fact that State-run schools include subsidized religious schools as well as the secular institutions. They have demanded a meeting with Yadlin and threatened to create turmoil if he refuses.