Educator Fired for Refusing To Teach Rabin Legacy Wins Compensation

YERUSHALAYIM -

An assistant principal who was fired in 2000 for objecting to a program devoted to the legacy of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was awarded 400,000 shekels in compensation by the District Court of Yerushalayim, Arutz Sheva reported on Thursday.

Yisrael Shiran openly dissented from a proposed program to memorialize Rabin each year on the anniversary of his assassination.

“Ever since the horrible murder of the late Prime Minister [in 1995], the Education Ministry has been ordering that we hold memorial rallies and talk to students about Rabin’s legacy of peace…. We cannot in any way agree that a man who gave weapons to enemies who are seeking to destroy us is someone whose legacy, path and personality we should be discussing,” wrote Shiran.

Rabin led Israel into the Oslo Accords under which the PLO ostensibly renounced terrorism and its members were permitted to settle in Yehudah and Shomron and Gaza. Yet, terrorist acts continued despite the Accords.

After he was fired, Shiran sued the Education Ministry, the former Haifa District administrator Yaakov Weisel, former National Head of Bible Studies Yissaschar Goelman and the former director of elementary education, Sara Reuter.

On Thursday morning, the court ruled in Shiran’s favor, ordering that he be given 400,000 shekels in compensation.

“This is an important day,” Shiran told Arutz Sheva. “There’s no joy like that of having things resolved after a hard period, even a very hard period.”

“I’m grateful to G-d and to my attorney for this ruling,” he added.