Israel Jails Ultra-Orthodox Fathers Over School Dispute

Dozens of ultra-orthodox Jewish men have been jailed for defying a school integration ruling in Israel, but 22 mothers have been given a reprieve.The Ashkenazi parents were given two weeks' jail time for refusing to send their children to school with Jewish Sephardi girls, on religious grounds.Masses of ultra-orthodox Jews staged one of the biggest protests against the state of Israel on Thursday.They oppose a Supreme Court ruling that forbids the separation of students.The Ashkenazi parents, who are of European descent, want segregated classrooms because they say the Sephardi families are not religious enough.Sephardi families are of Middle Eastern or North African origin.
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