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Israeli Education Minister's Duty to Children of Asylum Seekers

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11.07.2019

Petah Tikva’s refusal to enroll 129 children of Eritrean asylum seekers, which emerged from a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the city and the Education Ministry, is a new point on the map of Israeli racism.

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“And you shall love the stranger as yourself, because you were strangers in the land of Egypt” was written on the signs carried at a demonstration that asylum-seeker families held this week. The reminder of the Jewish commandment is important, but no less important is what Israeli law says on this issue.

A director general’s circular from 2000 states that the Compulsory Education Law applies to every child over the age of 3 who lives in Israel for more than three months, regardless of the residency status of the child or its parents (including whether or not they are legally permitted to........

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