JERUSALEM (Aug. 28)
Mayor Teddy Kollek charged Tuesday that the government was allocating more funds for education in the Jewish settlements in Judaea and Samaria than it was willing to give schools in Jerusalem.
He told a press conference that there was a shortage of classrooms throughout the new neighborhoods of Jerusalem, “which are also located in Samaria.”
“A new settlement in Judaea and Samaria immediately gets a school, a kindergarten, a synagogue. But for the 85,000 Jews living in the new neighborhoods of Jerusalem, we have to fight for every school and every public garden. This is unfair discrimination.”
Some 107,000 Jewish children will go to school this year, an increase of four percent. Kollek noted that the education system in Jerusalem was especially complicated because of the large number of new neighborhoods with heterogeneous populations.