Melbourne schools disappointed in not meeting Netanyahu
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be addressing either of two Jewish schools in spite of a their invitations when he visits Melbourne during his visit to Australia next month.
In a joint statement Mount Scopus principal Rabbi James Kennard and Bialik College principal Jeremy Stowe-Lindner said: “It is with profound dismay that, despite our requests, the Prime Minister of Israel is not addressing the youth of the Melbourne Jewish community in his only major function in Melbourne. One of our schools offered to make available space for 2000 people – enough to address community members and many hundreds of young people, but this was declined in place of his addressing community leaders and a token smattering of young people in a synagogue near Melbourne’s financial district.
At this time, when bolstering the next generation’s connection to Israel is so critical, we regard this as a sorely missed opportunity
The offer for our students to watch the address from afar on Youtube – no more engaging than one of billions of clips available on the internet – and of very small delegations from some of the schools – is unacceptable for a community which prides itself on its Zionism and strives to instill that spirit in the next generation.
Our offer remains open.”
The Israeli embassy in Canberra declined to comment.