In video: Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: Prime Minister's Office)
In the shadow of the public uproar that arose following the statements of MKs in the apparent coalition, emphasizing the "discrimination law", a number of universities and educational institutions, municipalities and retired judges announced today (Tuesday) that they oppose them and will act against any infringement of the basic principles of democracy.
The storm began at the beginning of the week , when Member of Knesset Orit Struck from Religious Zionism referred to the anti-discrimination law that her party seeks to change, and argued that doctors should not be forced to provide treatment contrary to their religious position.
Among the universities that cheered against the statement were the Open University, Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University, and Beit Berel College. They all pledged not to share Action with entities that will adopt a policy of discrimination, as well as maintain equality in their areas without difference of gender, religion, belief, preference or lifestyle.
Like the universities, the deans of the medical faculties in Israel also issued a joint statement in response to the discrimination storm: "We are shocked by the calls to allow discrimination in the provision of medical care and come out against them," they wrote.
"We swear to those who receive a diploma the doctor's oath, we will not give a hand to destroy these principles."
The universities pledged not to cooperate with entities that would pursue a policy of discrimination.
Tel Aviv University (Photo: Erez Michaeli)
At the same time, retired female and male judges came out against the latest legislative moves in the Knesset, and referred to the intention of elected officials to promote the "overcoming clause", which according to them means "a deep damage to the fundamental values of the state".
The letter they published was signed by 78 former judges.
The letter also referred to the intention to turn the positions of legal advisors in government ministries into positions of trust for ministers - "the result will be that loyalty to the minister will prevail over the law", they claimed.
In addition, they criticized the intention "to deviate from the norms of the rule of law and the purity of morals required of elected officials, which is reflected in a series of appointments to key positions of people, some of whom have been convicted and others have a cloud of criminality in violation of the law."
In doing so, they alluded, among other things, to qualifying the appointment of MK Aryeh Deri as minister.
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Retired judges came out against the legislation expected in the next Knesset (Photo: Shlomi Gabai)
A number of municipalities also joined the protest against the change in the law, including Ramat Hasharon, Ramat Gan and Herzliya.
"The municipality announces that it will not provide any service to a business that discriminates against a population on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other basis," the Ramat Hasharon municipality stated.
The municipality of Herzliya stated that it is "prepared to budget for any liberal program that may be stopped due to the lack of a budget from the government."
The Mayor of Ramat Gan, Carmel Shama HaCohen, wrote on his Facebook page that "If a business owner or a professional in the RA discriminates against a person in receiving a service, the municipality and I at the head of it will make sure that every person in the city knows about it and the identity of the person who discriminates, and this will be like the mark of Cain on his forehead." .
You will not provide service to a business that will fail.
The entrance to Ramat Hasharon (photo: screenshot, Ramat Hasharon Municipality)
Yesterday, Discount Bank announced an update to the bank's credit policy, according to which it will not grant credit to a business or entity that discriminates against customers on the basis of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation.
"We found it appropriate to amend the bank's credit policy, so that the obvious will be officially valid," said Shaul Kobrinsky, chairman of the Discount board.
This is our commitment and responsibility as a significant business entity in the Israeli economy."