MK Moshe Gafni of UTJ and chareidi residents of Ma’aleh Adumim complained that public officials told chareidim to leave the West Bank town and move to Yerushalayim.
In a sharp letter to Mayor Benny Kasriel, Gafni wrote:
“I was approached by people connected with the Talmud Torah and chareidi school of Ma’aleh Adumim which have 120 pupils and are in a bad physical situation [due to lack of accommodations]. Their requests to the Municipal Education Director Mr. David Sharret were responded to with the reply that they should leave Ma’aleh Adumim and that this was in accordance with orders from above not to let the chareidim become established there so that they move to their neighborhoods in Yerushalayim.”
Gafni also complained that nothing had been done to improve the disgraceful condition of a building used by a local Torani school.
“Chareidi Judaism is a part of the Ma’aleh Adumim population,” Gafni concluded. “If you do not want us and want us to leave, please say so in an orderly manner and do not behave like hypocrites.”
Parents complained to Gafni that Sharret initially claimed that there was no available building for chareidi use. When they pointed out that there were a number of unused buildings available he replied: “There is no place for you here; go to your neighborhoods in Yerushalayim,” and later admitted, “I have instructions from above not to give you anything.”