The Knesset has changed the bill prohibiting interference with elections (Legislative Amendments), 2012, made by MK Marina Solodkin (Kadima) into a motion for the agenda.

The bill set out to increase the penalties against anyone who hinders the election of any local authorities or public bodies operating today or that would be operating in the future in Israel, if the motivation for the hindrance is discrimination because of sex, race, religion or ethnicity.

The explanatory notes to the bill stated that ”recently we have witnessed cases where voters were denied the right to vote in elections to various bodies due to nationality, ethnicity or gender. Lately, and most appalling – at the local council elections in one of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods in Jerusalem, women were blocked from the polling station – women who were entitled to vote and were registered to that station – their vote was denied.

To stop this shameful phenomenon, it is proposed to increase the penalties against anyone who hinders elections in Knesset elections, municipal elections and elections to public bodies operating today or that would be operating in the future in Israel, if the motive for hindrance is discrimination because of gender, race, religion or ethnicity. ”

15 MKs voted for making the bill a motion for the agenda and none opposed. The proposal will be discussed in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.