Saturday, August 12, 2017
Settler school built on private Palestinian land
"Aerial footage reveals that part of the campus of a school in the West Bank settlement of Efrat was built on privately owned Palestinian land. The footage was obtained and analyzed by a civil-society organization that monitors land ownership in the West Bank," writes Uri Blau in the Ha'aretz.
"Donations to Ohr Torah Stone, the organization that runs the school, which make up a part of its budget, are tax deductible in the United States, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Recent renovations to the portion of the grounds of Derech Avot School that is on Palestinian land were paid for by the Education Ministry, the Efrat local council and Ohr Torah Stone education network. Ohr Torah Stone was founded in 1983 by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. Its first institution was the Neveh Shmuel Yeshiva high school, also in Efrat.
Ohr Stone established a religious school for girls (ulpana in Hebrew) in the nearby settlement of Alon Shvut. It now operates high schools in Jerusalem as well as other institutions, including hesder yeshivas, where students combine religious study with service in the Israeli military."
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