Affirmative action for haredim, immigrants passes first vote – Arutz Sheva

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Haredi women in high-tech (illustration)

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The Knesset’s Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee passed the initial reading this week of a bill that would extend the definition of minority groups in affirmative action to include haredi Jews and immigrants.

Approved unanimously by the committee, which is chaired by MK Rabbi Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home), the bill requires that public agencies meet quotas for the employment of haredim and new immigrants. The bill also requires all government-owned corporations to include haredim and immigrants on their boards of directors.

The bill, which was sponsored by United Torah Judaism MKs Uri Maklev and Moshe Gafni, will now be sent to the Knesset for the second and third readings.

At present, affirmative action quotes in the public sector are enforced for women, Ethiopian Jews, Arabs, Druze, Circassians, and…

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