President Ruby Rivlin opened the new school year with new first grade students at the Mamad Shilat school in the Jewish town of Paduel in the Shomron, on September 1, 2015.
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Slightly more than two million children returned to school this morning (Tues. Sept. 1) in the State of Israel.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett visited a local school in Ra’anana where photographers snapped pictures of the minister and other parents bringing their children to class and ceremoniously bidding them farewell.
Bennett recently presented a national plan to increase the number of students graduating from advanced mathematics classes, with an initial goal to double the numbers in four years.
The plan, at an estimated cost of NIS 75 million, will double the number of advanced math teachers within four years from 1,000 to 2,000. In addition, 15,000 hours of classes and study assistance will be added to the curriculum.
“All districts are ready, the schools are ready,” the minister wrote on his Facebook page Monday night, adding, “166,208 teachers are ready for 2,194,931 Israeli students.
“The school year will open as planned, without any strikes or surpises. I wish the children of Israel – Good luck! We love you!”
Despite those warm wishes and the successful start to the new school year, however, Bennett is already under attack from Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni, a former government minister.
Livni attended opening day at the Yachad School in Modi’in, where she slammed Bennett’s recent statement that one can achieve more social tolerance by strengthening Jewish identity, rather than by a “melting pot” approach.
“Bennett is forgetting the other side of the equation,” she said. “The ‘other’ does not need to be ‘me’ but the other has to respect the ‘me’… to respect his heritage, to respect his language, and following the proliferation of incidents of racism and hatred this summer, we must teach that the ‘other’ does not need to be a frightening, incited and besmirched enemy.
“Along with improving and strengthening studies in mathematics, it is essential that we first teach our children to be human beings,” Livni said.
Bennett covered precisely that concept in a statement last month, saying “If I study my identity as an Israeli, as a Jew, in depth, and I am at peace with this identity, I do not need to fear meeting a person who is different, respecting him, appreciating him, working alongside him.
“We need to respect identity while advancing tolerance.”
School children around the country sat in bomb shelters today as sirens sounded throughout Israel at 11:05 AM as part of a of an IDF Home Front Command drill simulating a missile attack on the country.
There will be another siren at 7:05 PM this evening.
Yup, that’s the kind of neighborhood we live in (but I wouldn’t live anywhere else).
Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are overwhelming that country’s public school system, according to former British prime minister Gordon Brown.
Currently a special education envoy for the United Nations, Brown issued a statement Tuesday appealing for more support for the Lebanese school system.
Brown himself vowed to help Lebanon raise $100 million towards the effort before August, the start of the coming school year.
Some 106,000 Syrian children have been enrolled in in more than 150 Lebanese public schools, Gordon reported Tuesday in a joint news conference in Beirut with Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Sa’ab.
More than 400,000 Syrian children require education – nearly twice the total number of Lebanese children enrolled in school.
The situation further complicates an already delicate military picture for Israel.
The Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization has created its guerrilla bases, bunkers, terror tunnels and arsenals in high population areas where both Lebanese civilians and now Syrian refugees also reside.
Hezbollah terrorists have long been aiding the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corpsmen in their fight to help government troops defend the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In Lebanon, the terrorists now clearly plan to use that country’s civilians as human shields in any future war with Israel, as did their Gaza counterparts south of Israel, the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, who both are also backed by Iran.
If it’s not missiles, then it’s earthquakes, or at least being prepared for missiles and earthquakes.
Schools in Israel will be running earthquake training and drills from 10 AM to 12 PM today to ensure the staff and students know what to do and where to go in case of an earthquake.
French military personnel guarding Jewish sites in Paris are learning first-hand what anti-Semitism feels like.
The soldiers guarding a Jewish school in a suburb of the French capital have received death threats at least twice in the past two weeks.
In the first incident, a man drove in a car past the soldiers as they stood outside a school in Montreuil, shouting, “What does a Kalashnikov bullet in the head do? Does it bleed?”
A police source quoted by Le Figaro said the man also praised the recent terror attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery before escaping the scene.
The car drove away, but was later tracked down by police and the driver, approximately age 27, was arrested and detained overnight but was released the next morning.
The previous Saturday night, a similar incident occurred in the suburb of Le Raincy, according to the France Soir daily. Two soldiers standing guard outside another Jewish school were also threatened by a man pretending to hold a gun, who then fled the scene.
At present some 10,000 French military personnel are deployed around the Paris region following a wave of terror attacks on Jan. 7, 8 and 9 that were aimed at Jewish and non-Jewish French citizens alike.
At least 145 people – including 132 children – were murdered Tuesday in a Taliban terror attack on a school in Pakistan. More than 100 others were wounded in the slaughter, General Asim Bajwa told journalists.
Also among the dead at Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar were ten school staff members and three soldiers, according to a post on the CNN website.
A 14-year-old student told the news team he remembered one of the terrorists declaring, “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great), and then, “A lot of the children are under the benches. Kill them.”
Pakistani Taliban spokesperson Mohammed Khurrassani said the attackers began their rampage at 10 am local time. He added that at one point, the terrorists held up to 400 people “under their custody.” But he emphasized there was never a question of a “hostage situation,” since from the start the focus had been on shooting to kill, rather than taking captives.
Pakistani troops eventually managed to narrow down the area in which the terrorists were operating and by 4 pm, had the attackers restricted to four buildings. Within a few hours, all seven terrorists were dead.
Mop up operations have yet to be completed, however; security personnel are still searching the complex for survivors, victims and IEDs (improvised explosive devices).