Israeli court rules against segregation

NEW YORK (JTA) — A school in the West Bank settlement of Emmanuel has been ordered to cease segregating between Sephardic and Ashkenazi pupils.

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Beit Ya’akov girls school’s practice of holding separate classes for students based on their ethnic origin was unlawful, Ha’aretz reported.

"The right to sectarian education is not absolute, especially when it clashes with the right to equality," Justices Edna Arbel, Edmond Levy and Hanan Meltzer wrote in their ruling.

The judges threatened to close the school unless it complies with their ruling.

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