A high school that was banned by the Education Ministry due to alleged involvement in “price tag” activity has announced that it plans to reopen next year.
The Dorshei Yehudecha boys’ high school in Yitzhar, in Samaria (Shomron), had its license rescinded two and a half years ago. In an unprecedented step, the Education Ministry decided to revoke the school’s license based on secret evidence provided by the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service.
The school was accused of encouraging “price tag” activity, in which Jews vandalize Arab property in revenge for Arab attacks on Israeli communities, or vandalize IDF property as revenge for home demolitions. Some attacks allegedly linked to “price tag” included physical violence.
Despite its ban, Dorshei Yehudecha has published a flier inviting eighth-grade boys and their fathers to a father-and-son learning event in advance of registration for studies next year, IDF Radio (Galei Tzahal) reports.
“From the Education Ministry’s perspective, we’re closed, but we’ll open in some capacity next year,” sources in the yeshiva said.
Former Education Ministry director Dr. Shimshon Shoshani had slammed the school in his decision to shut it down, arguing, “The pupils are involved in violence against Palestinian residents and against security forces, sometimes during school hours, and central rabbis in the yeshiva support and/or are involved in violent activity and even pass on material that incites their students to such activity.”
School staff have denied the allegations against the school from the beginning. They are unable to address the secret charges against the school, which they did not see, but say that those allegations that were made public have been disproven.
They noted that while several former students were arrested in connection to “price tag” activity, they were released shortly afterward without being charged with a crime.