Yeshiva shuttered over students’ ties to West Bank attacks


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A West Bank yeshiva high school whose students have been identified as being involved in attacks against Palestinians has been ordered shut down.

The Dorshei Yehudcha yeshiva high school, which has about 100 students, reportedly was ordered closed last week by Israel’s Education Ministry following the recommendation of the Shin Bet security service.

According to Haaretz, the Shin Bet had recommended closing the yeshiva because the security service had collected a great deal of classified information showing that the yeshiva’s students were involved in illegal and violent activities against Palestinians and Israeli security forces. The Shin Bet also said that the yeshiva rabbis were aware of the actions and continued to allow students to participate. 

The school is connected to the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva of Yitzhar, to which the Education Ministry cut funding. One of the yeshiva’s heads is Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, who was investigated by police for his book "Torat Hamelech," or "The King’s Torah," which reportedly discusses situations in which it is permissible for Jews to kill non-Jews.

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