The Knesset Plenum postponed the voting date for the preliminary reading on the Bill for the Law of Students’ Rights (amendment: prohibiting discrimination), 2013. The bill was submitted by MK Dov Khenin (Hadash) and a number of MKs.

Khenin explained that “The bill was supported by the Ministers’ Committee in the last Knesset, but there was an appeal that never made it to debate in the Knesset Plenum. I think the current government could have an opportunity here, and I call upon it to take on this bill. I know that due to Minister Shai Piron’s illness, there has been no discussion yet. Therefore, I have decided with the Head of the Coalition that the bill will be presented for a vote and a decision on a date that will be agreed upon with the government.”

The bill is designed to legally strengthen the prohibition against discrimination of students because of their sexual preferences, identities and genders.

The explanation for the bill stated that “There is much data that suggests that there are still episodes of discrimination against and harm to students because of sexual preferences in education establishments in Israel. This bill is meant to take care of this situation. In the past, laws prohibiting discrimination because of sexual preference have been written in different spheres, and there is a need to do so within the educational system as well.”