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May 31, 2015 12:53 pm

UK Education Secretary Calls for Inquiry Into Hasidic Sect’s Female Driving Ban

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JNS.orgBritish Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has called for an inquiry into reports that the Belz Hasidic sect is seeking to ban female drivers.

In a letter sent out to families last week, the sect’s rabbis said female drivers go against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp” and that children would be barred from their schools if they are dropped off by their mothers in cars.

Morgan called such rules “completely unacceptable in modern Britain.”

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“If schools do not actively promote the principle of respect for other people they are breaching the independent school standards. Where we are made aware of such breaches we will investigate and take any necessary action to address the situation,” she said in a statement.

The Belz Hasidic sect was founded in modern-day Ukraine in the early 19th century. Nearly wiped out by the Holocaust, the group is mainly based in Israel and the U.S., with a smaller community around the northern London neighborhood of Stamford Hill.

Ahron Klein, chief executive of the Belz Boys’ School, wrote in a letter to Morgan that it was “never our intention to stigmatize or discriminate against children or their parents for the sole reason that either of the parents drives a car,” London’s Jewish Chronicle reported.

“We have already made it clear to our community that they need have no reason for concern. We accept that the choice of words was unfortunate, and if a negative impression was created by our letter, then we unreservedly apologize for that,” Klein wrote, adding that his community has “no intention” of changing its policy on female drivers.

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  • SARA RIFKA

    IT SEEMS THIS IS ALWAYS A CONSTANT STAND , ‘HATRED TOWARDS JEWISH LIFE’…..

    AND, AS BIBI STATES IF THIS IS TO CONTINUE WHAT WILL ’10 YEARS LOOK LIKE’

    PERSONALLY THIS WOMAN SHOULD LOSE THE EASY PULL OF WORDS….HER HANDS SHOULD TIRE FROM THE LOAD OF HATRED SHE WRITES AND THE FLAME THAT IT THROWS… I AM FINALLY HAVING FUN WITH THE UGLY OF THIS WORLD AND THE DESIRE TO WATCH THEIR LUMPISH BODIES SQUIRM WHEN THEY RUN OUT OF HATRED AND HAVE DESIRED ITS TIME TO PLAY GOLF.

    PERHAPS GIRLS AND MOTHERS SHOULD NOT DRIVE IN ENGLAND….PERHAPS THIS IS SAVING LIVES….FROM THE UGLY BRITS AN HATEFUL MUSLIMS AND OTHER SOULS FROM HARMING OUR DAUGHTERS AND MOTHERS……..MAYBE THEY ARE AT RISK IN THE BRITISH ISLES…..G-D KNOWS THAT MORE THAN ISIS IS A HAPPENING ON THE SHORES OF BLACKNESS.

  • Oliver

    I believe that England a Christian state should forgive the Jewish people for our perceived failings that they may hold, take a deep breath and look at the advances and human values we have put in British synagogues such as women rabbis and gay marriage in order comply with democratic socialism.

    Jews recently until today, have always been free to practice their religion in the UK. Similarly to the Armish people of America, they are puritans, which may conflict to “secular” ideals, but the UK is a Christian state, the Chassidic community is very small and does not convert are these 400 families such a burden on the culture of England, or is this a rejection of Judaism and our rights to practice our culture in 21st century Britain.

    The Department Of Education needs to take a long look at where they want to go with this. As they must be aware, given our history we are sensitive when it comes to governments imposing restrictions on our rights, and would the Christians around the world want legislation against Judaism being passed in their name.

    Please join the conversation. I am reform.

  • Steve Loeb

    So much ado about nothing – but take note, that every opportunity to falsely paint Israel and Jews as racists, anti woman, anti gay etc – all those things our adversaries are kneed guilty of, will now be used in the extreme against us.

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