The temporary synagogue meant to replace the illegal one – if it is ever torn down – was placed on a soccer field adjacent to a secular school, and the secular school's parents are outraged. “It is not the right place for person unaffiliated with the school to be. There are too many pedophiles in the country and we are afraid for our children,” one of those secular parents said.
Illegal Synagogue Built On Stolen Palestinian Land Still Stands – For Now
Shmarya Rosenbrg • Failedmessiah.com
The Ayelet HaShachar Orthodox synagogue was illegally built in 2000 without permits on land stolen from a Palestinian family in the settlement of Givat Ze'ev..
After years of legal wrangling, Israel’s High Court of Justice finally told the Government of Israel that it could no longer accept its excuses – most of which were nothing more than open lies – and there would be no more extensions. The synagogue would have to be torn down by November 17.
But the synagogue is still standing because in Israel, court decisions are never final, even when the court says they are, and when they are actually final, they are often not enforced.
In this case, the government – which had repeatedly lied to the court and repeatedly claimed police were unprepared to handle the settler violence that would come from destroying the illegal synagogue, each time asking the court for more time for police to ‘prepare’ – asked for a three week emergency stay, which was granted on November 17, only two days before the last day the government had to destroy the synagogue under the most recent court order.
The government arranged to place a temporary synagogue housed in a caravan (trailer) on publicly-owned land until a new legal synagogue building can be legally built in the settlement, and the government agreed to pay $1.3 million to build it.
But the site the national and local governments chose to place that caravan synagogue is a soccer field adjacent to a secular school. The field is used by the settlement’s non-Orthodox children.
Those secular children and parents tried to block the caravan’s placement.
The settlement’s government said the soccer field is public land and therefore seculars have no right to object, and the caravan synagogue was plopped down on the soccer field.
Secular parents are outraged.
“It is not the right place for person unaffiliated with the school to be,” a secular parent reportedly told MyNet. “There are too many pedophiles in the country and we are afraid for our children.”
THis is actually a valid child safety concern. But in Israel, child safety almost always takes a back seat to politics and religion.