Israel’s Education Ministry has closed down a West Bank yeshiva high school whose students have been identified as being involved in attacks against Palestinians.
The Dorshei Yehudcha yeshiva high school reportedly was ordered closed last week by the Education Ministry, following the recommendation of the Shin Bet security service.
The school of about 100 students is connected to the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva of Yitzhar, to which the ministry cut funding. One of the yeshiva’s heads is Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, who was investigated by police for his book “Torat Hamelech,” or “The King’s Torah,” which reportedly discusses situations in which it is permissible for Jews to kill non-Jews.
According to Haaretz, the Shin Bet had recommended the closing of the yeshiva because it had collected a great deal of classified information showing that the school’s students were involved in illegal and violent activities against Palestinians and Israeli security forces. The Shin Bet also said that the yeshiva rabbis were aware of the actions and continued to allow students to participate.