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Mother, child banned from park; refugees’ kids refused school enrolment

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Published: 12 July 2019

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Two racially-based cases in Israel spark concern: Afula wants to deny non-residents entrance to a local park; Petach Tikvah refuses to enrol 129 school children of Eritrean asylum seekers

Entry ban at Israeli city park provokes apartheid warnings (Middle East Eye)
The barring of a lawyer and her infant from a public park in the Galilee last week has triggered a legal battle over whether local authorities in Israel can segregate citizens on a racial basis.

Human rights groups have warned that the ban marks a growing trend by local authorities representing the Jewish majority towards explicit separation of public space in ways reminiscent of apartheid South Africa.

Israeli municipality blocks children of asylum seekers from enrolling in school (Haaretz)
A central Israeli municipality has refused to enrol 129 children of Eritrean asylum seekers in the city's education system, a lawsuit filed on Tuesday against the city and Israel's Education Ministry shows.

According to the petition, the Petach Tikva municipality prevented in January dozens of families of asylum seekers from enrolling their children under various bureaucratic pretenses, and refused to allow parents to present documents to the municipality as proof of residence, which would prove their children’s eligibility for educational services.

Ethiopian mothers protest in Tel Aviv over police violence, discrimination (Ynet)
Hundreds join dozens of women from Ethiopian community to march through the city as protests resume following killing of teen in Haifa by off-duty cop; authorities call on demonstrators 'to maintain law and order'; female protester: If my child is in danger, I will not be silent

Needed: A heavy dose of goodwill (Times of Israel)
Israeli society is unstable because so many suffer from harassment over their nationality, ethnic origin, sex, or political persuasion

Photo: A family of asylum seekers demonstrates in front of the Petach Tikva municipality, July 9 (Tomer Appelbaum)

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