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Friday, June 21, 2013

It will never pass, and if it passes, it will never be enforced

A nice try by Haredi MK Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, who is introducing a bill into the Knesset criminalizing anti-Haredi discrimination.
Those who boycott hareidi Jews solely because they are hareidi should face ten years in prison, MK Yaakov Litzman (Yahadut Hatorah) proposed in a suggested amendment.
The amendment would add a “prohibition on boycotting due to religion or boycotting hareidi Jews” to the criminal code. The addition would expand an existing law against racism and “hostility” based on race or religion.
In an attachment explaining the proposal, Litzman wrote, “As the most recent government was being established, it arose that there was a group that chose to exclude the representatives of a significant part of the public from the government, solely because they were hareidi.
“This terrible statement was not only not publicly criticized, but became the basis on which the 33rd government of the state of Israel was established. This kind of exclusion has no place in a pluralistic, considerate, properly functioning society that knows how to respect and appreciate the other despite the differences between them.
“Therefore there is a need to uproot this phenomenon… Adding the term ‘boycott’ and including the hareidi community in the definition of the crime, and in the punishment expected, is intended to warn and to prevent this from repeating itself,” he concluded.
You might recall that in a speech the week before the elections, Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett admitted that if a Haredi walked into the company he founded in Herzliya, or into any other high tech company in Herzliya, they would not be hired regardless of qualifications.

But this bill will never pass, and even if it does, it will never be enforced. Can you see the flaming Leftist Israeli Supreme Court ruling that a secular Leftist has to go to jail for discriminating against Haredim? That would truly be Messiah's times.

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At 9:16 PM, Blogger Inmemoryof Yossi said...

So let me get this straight. It is illegal to discriminate against someone who is gay. Someone who is a woman. Someone who disabled. But it is NOT illegal to discriminate for someone for their religion in Israel? I mean, if you refused to hire someone because he as an Arab or a Christian, is that allowed? If you already have religious discrimination on the books, then it is already there. How to enforce, that is the problem. It's very hard to prove anything.

At 9:58 PM, Blogger free` said...

Sounds like Muslim politicians in Israel have it better than Haredim politicians do.


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