Friday, June 15, 2007
Vienna - Vienna Courts Will Make The Call About a Neturei Karta Member's Kids.
Moishe Ayre Friedman's children may be paying for the infamy of their father, an anti-Zionist Jew who attended a Holocaust denial conference in Tehran.
Five of his children were expelled from their private Orthodox Jewish school in Vienna about a month after Friedman, dressed in Chasidic attire, was shown in media outlets worldwide warmly shaking hands with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Despite a court order, hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and the threat of closure, Machzikei Hadas won't let them return -- a position that apparently is receiving unqualified support from the school's parents, the umbrella group of Vienna Jewry and a number of Orthodox rabbis who serve the parents.
The Friedman children are in educational limbo while a trial to determine whether Machzikei Hadas had the legal right to expel them starts Tuesday in a Vienna district court. Some legal experts predict the case may go on for months or even years.
Meanwhile, the children are not attending school. The Ministry of Education offered them placement in public schools, but Friedman said those schools were were not suitable for religious children. [jta]