The Education, Culture and Sports Committee held a hearing, Monday, into allegations of racism which surfaced after it was reported, last week, that the Superland amusement park in Rishon Letzion did not take groups from Jewish and Arab schools at the same time. Committee Chairman Amram Mitzna said that the practice was not limited to Superland but was unacceptable and should not happen again. Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi (National Democratic Assembly) echoed his sentiments and complained that nothing was done about the situation sooner.
The principal of the Arab school cited in the report said he was surprised about it, given his school's education for tolerance, and he was encouraged by reactions that he heard.
Deputy Director-General Fanny Baruch of Superland said the separation came out of the requests by the visiting schools and out of caution based on the tendency of students to be more reckless at the end of the year and past experiences of friction between Jewish and Arab students. Saying, "We are not racists and we served the requests of our customers," she added that the park also had separate days for hareidi-religious Jews.