Equal­ity watch­dog in JFS fight

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY SI­MON ROCKER

BRI­TAIN’S EQUAL­ITY watch­dog has en­tered the le­gal bat­tle over the ad­mis­sions pol­icy of Jewish schools.

The Supreme Court this week granted the Equal­i­ties and Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion the right to be an in­ter­vener in the forth­com­ing ap­peal case, which will en­able it to make sub­mis­sions to the court.

JFS, the coun­try’s largest Jewish school, is try­ing to re­verse a de­ci­sion by the Court of Ap­peal in June that it is un­law­ful to of­fer places on the ba­sis of whether a child’s par­ent is Jewish.

The case was orig­i­nally brought on be­half of a boy who was re­jected by the school in 2007 be­cause his mother’s non-Or­tho­dox con­ver­sion was not recog­nised by the Chief Rabbi.

A spokesman for the com­mis­sion ex­plained: “The Supreme Court’s judg­ment in this case may have wider im­pli­ca­tions for how the Race Re­la­tions Act is ap­plied. The Com­mis­sion wants to make sure it has the op­por­tu­nity to give its ex­pert opin­ion on the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Race Re­la­tions Act to en­sure that rights are re­tained for the ben­e­fit of all pro­tected groups.”

The Supreme Court, which will be­gin hear­ing the ap­peal in two weeks, has also ac­cepted the Board of Deputies’ ap­pli­ca­tion to in­ter­vene.

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