Prayers Now Allowed In Public Schools After NJ School Board Revises Religion Policy

Prayers Now Allowed In Public Schools After NJ School Board Revises Religion Policy
Prayer during classroom time, along with organized prayer groups, will be allowed in the Montgomery Township Public School District in Somerset County, New Jersey, following school board members’ approval of revisions this month to the school district policy about religion in public schools. The policy recognizes students are protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and by the New Jersey State Constitution, both of which ban the establishment of religion in the schools. It also acknowledges religion is a personal matter.
Montgomery Township Board of Education members approved the revisions after a state-mandated policy was issued. This policy replaces earlier versions of the policy that were adopted in 1999 and 2005, reports Central Jersey.
The former policies stated “no devotional exercises or displays of a religious character will be permitted in this district, nor shall instructional activities be permitted to advance or inhibit any particular religious sect or religion generally.”

Israel revises children’s arrest tactics, but violations continue – UNICEF

Israel revises children’s arrest tactics, but violations continue – UNICEF

Israel’s army is introducing reforms to how it arrests Palestinian children in the West Bank, the UN Children’s Fund said. The move comes amid international criticism after revelations of widespread mistreatment of detained Palestinian children.

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement that  Israel was “taking steps” to address some of the problems  outlined in a report  released by the organization back in March. The report revealed  that the Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military in  the West Bank were “systematically” mistreated.

Seven months after the report was released reports of violations  are ongoing, reports UNICEF, despite the 38 recommendations  issued along with the report that would help to bring the  treatment of children in line with international standards.

But, UNICEF noted that Israel had moved forward on the issue and  is currently testing some of the newly reformed measures. The  first measure deals with Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) issuing  summons for children instead of making night arrests at home,   “which can be traumatic for children and their siblings,”   UNICEF said.