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Israel's Haredi Schools Get Standardized Testing? As YNet reports, Israel's ultra-Orthodox religious schools, which receive public money, will have to take standardized tests -- as ordered by the Supreme Court. A judge said that such schools "should start taking things seriously, or face the consequences." Why, you ask, do I bring you news from across the planet? It's an interesting parallel to an ongoing debate on our own soil. In the U.S., there has been much talk over whether private schools that receive public-school vouchers or tax credits should be held to the same standards as their public school peers. Obviously the structure is different, and in Israel there's no public-private distinction between the schools. But it's still fascinating to watch.
No wonder human rights experts, including Mary Robinson, refused to participate in this mockery, declaring that it was "guided not by human rights, but by politics."
An IDF officer allegedly orders one of his soldiers to shoot a bound, blind-folded Palestinian detainee at close range.
And Ynet quotes Lt. Colonel's lawyer as saying, "At no point during the incident did the Lieutenant-Colonel ask that any