Court Delays Emmanuel Parents’ Arrests Until 5 p.m.


emmanuel-rally-24:05 p.m. IDT/9:05 a.m. EST: The Noar K’Halacha youth movement has suggested a compromise between Emmanuel parents and the High Court of Justice, according to which parents who refuse to send their girls to a school whose discriminatory policies will be canceled will be able to transfer them to another school unfunded by the government.

The movement made a last-minute attempt today to prevent the arrests of 86 parents, Slonimer chassidim,  who  refused to return their girls to the school until the court order is reversed.

The arrests were originally scheduled for 12 p.m., but were delayed by an hour in order to allow the parents to respond to the suggestion. The State Prosecutor’s Office filed an additional appeal to delay the arrests until 5 p.m., after the protests accross the country had ended.

emmanuel-postponementHowever, the parents have already stated unequivocally that they would prefer jail to any compromise. “Following the request of the petitioners to delay arrests, which was just now filed without the parents’ knowledge, the parents want to clarify that the request does not reflect reality and is solely a product of their imaginations,” the parents’ attorney, Mordechai Green, told the court.

“There has been no contact whatsoever between the parents and the petitioners, and it seems that the petitioners’ aim is not the parents’ wellbeing but rather to pull wool over the court’s eyes with irrelevant arguments.” He added that the parents were “prepared for their arrests.”

Meanwhile, 20 couples have filed separate appeals with the High Court asking not to be arrested due to “extenuating circumstances.” The court has said it will debate the requests separately. In addition, it has canceled warrants for the arrests of five couples because they are parents to children with special needs.

{Yair Israel/Ynet}


  1. I think the Supreme Court made a mistake, as imprisonment of parents in these circumstances is not appropriate. A judicial body need act with seichel. If they feel that there is discrimination- and that this is unconscionable, then it would have been preferable to close the school & withhold state funding.

  2. A. Blum, don’t you understand? This is a war ?? ?’ ??? ?????. Seems to me like a wake-up call to the frum parties who have joined forces with the Zionists in their ????? ?????? ????.

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  3. What are the “discriminatory policies” of a Chassidish school in which 30% of the girls are Sephardic and not Chassidish? Actually this school was an example of love of a fellow man, in that they accepted so many girls who are different from them – as long as they are willing to follow the rules of the school. The High Court and the anti-religious media are perpetuating these lies about the Charedim to cover up their real goal of pursuing the religious community.

  4. #3:
    Well said.

    Not all of the arrested parents were Slonimers; there were a few Sephardi parents, too. One of the fathers had a sign: “I am a Sephardic father who is going to jail for sending his daughter to the Chassidic school!”

  5. The “high court” has only ONE sephardi judge, and 13 ashkenazim, in a country where sephardim are more than half. So who’s discriminating?!