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Israel’s Christian Schools Threaten Strike over Government's 'Oppressive Steps'

'Don’t stop us from carrying on our mission,' say 50 schools as Jewish state slashes support.
Israel’s Christian Schools Threaten Strike over Government's 'Oppressive Steps'
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At Nazareth Baptist, 11th grade students gather on the first day of the school year in 2013.

Calling for change, Israel’s Christian educators might go on strike next week to protest the government’s sharp cutbacks (up to 35 percent) for their schools, which are “recognized, but not official.”

At a press conference in Nazareth today (Aug. 27), Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant school administrators said in a joint statement, “Over the last several years the Ministry of Education has taken unilateral steps that have hurt the Christian schools and their independence. The Ministry has shown disrespect to its unique needs, like the vacation calendar, Christian feasts and other matters.”

School administrators said that if the Israeli Ministry of Education continues its current policies toward their schools that “a strike will be declared.” At this time, there has been no official response from the Ministry of Education. Monday, Sept. 1, is the first official day for attendance at these schools. The schools operate with government ...

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