Education Minister Yoav Gallant announced on Saturday he had granted at least a temporary reprieve to the popular Sal Tarbut program (literally “culture basket”) within the education system, which had been up for cancellation, and had earmarked temporary funding to allow schoolchildren to continue to attend performances and exhibitions.

“I have stopped the abolition of Sal Tarbut in the education system,” Gallant wrote on Twitter. “I have agreed to allocate NIS 8 million ($2.35 million) for a temporary solution until the end of the work year.”

A planned protest by performers due to take place on Sunday was called off.

The government-owned Israel Association of Community

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