Jerusalem Mayor Orders Schools to End Early

Mayor Nir Barkat says Jerusalem schools will release at 1:30 pm tomorrow unless government agrees to provide security.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Israeli children get ready to start school (illustrative)
Israeli children get ready to start school (illustrative)
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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has announced that schools in the capital will go on strike tomorrow (Sunday) starting at 1:30 pm.

An official statement reads:

"Due to the fact that the Israeli government has not yet solved the security crisis in Jerusalem's educational institutes, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Parents' Association, and the City Youth Council have jointly decided that studies in all educational programs in the city (high school, grammar schools, kindergartens, and day cares) will end tomorrow at 1:30 pm, the time at which the security guards would finish their shifts. Special education programs will continue as normal.

"The decision by the Municipality and Parents' Association has also received support from the Teachers' Association and the Teachers' Union, both of which have informed administrators to send their students home should the guards leave.

"I again call on the Prime Minister to take action to solve the serious crisis."