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  7/7/2013, Tammuz 29, 5773

Education Minister Won't Speak at Hareidi Graduation


The management of the Kiryat Ono Academic College's campus in Jerusalem announced, Sunday, that there will be no guest speeches at its commencement exercises, including one that had been scheduled to be delivered by Education Minister Shai Piron. Graduates in the college's hareidi-religious law and business-adminstration programs had to threatened not to attend if Rabbi Piron spoke, citing what they called his fighting against the Torah world and forcing changes of lifestyle on the next generation.

In announcing the decision, the college said, "Parties with agendas, most of them off the hareidi campus, chose to exploit the ceremony for awarding degrees to earn political capital at the expense of the students." The management statement said, "We will not allow a handful of hareidi deal makers to harm the festive character of the event and put a stain on the whole graduating class."