Knesset advances bill enforcing appropriate representation of haredim and recent immigrants in the public service

The Knesset plenum approved on Wednesday the first reading of a bill that would guarantee the appropriate representation of ultra-Orthodox and recent immigrants in the public service and on the boards of government companies.

The legislation was introduced by MKs Moshe Gafni and Uri Maklev of the United Torah Judaism faction. Gafni, who chairs the Finance Committee, said ”During one of our meetings I was told that the ultra-Orthodox public was not discriminated against, but just recently the 500-member team of directors [of government companies] was published, and there was not one haredi on the list.”

”This law does not call for giving preference to someone who is less skilled, but to those who are just as skilled,” he continued. ”This law is not what will make the change, but it does make a statement that if there are ultra-Orthodox who want to work, we will treat them equally.”

Thirty-seven MKs voted in favor of the bill, with none opposed.