Knesset member Yuli Edelstein was absent from the vote on the fortification law.
Photo: from the Knesset Channel (Knesset Channel)
Hospital managers welcome the softened version of the hametz law, which passed today (Tuesday) in second and third reading in the Knesset.
As part of the new wording, the security guards do not have enforcement authority or a requirement to search the files, but only inform the guests and patients to avoid putting in chametz with the help of signage during Passover.
The outline, according to which most hospitals will follow, will include the installation of signage in several languages that explains the spirit of the law, and asks visitors to respect the kosher guards.
In addition, a cabinet will be installed near each entrance where people can leave chametz, but there will be no inspection of the incoming vessels or a request to open bags to search for chametz.
Also, in hospitals where there is a high religious concentration, they will qualify the hospital.
"We will act as in the previous years and ask for consideration and understanding. We are sure that the public from all sectors will respect this," explained the managers.
The law also states that a hospital administrator who wishes to do so can demarcate an area where chametz will be allowed to enter, but it seems that only the hospitals in Nazareth, where there is a large concentration of the Arab sector, will do so.
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"We are happy that the new law does not turn us into police officers or kosher inspectors," said Lavala, the director of a hospital in the center, and added, "We are happy that this is the final version, which did not lead to a slippery slope, and that next year more sections will be added that will put us in a bad spot with visitors or patients at the hospital ".
"Like every year, we will try to respect the variety of cultures in Israeli society and not harm anyone, along with the best possible treatment," added the hospital director, "the health system is a system that unites the whole of Israeli society and should not be dragged into religious or political debates."
"I call on hospital administrators to act with sensitivity and consideration" (Photo: Noam Moskovitz)
According to the bill, hospital administrators will be able to establish instructions regarding the prohibition or limitation of bringing chametz into the hospital building on Passover.
The instructions will be established after the manager has considered other alternatives and taking into account the rights of the patients and their needs, including their medical needs.
An employee of the hospital will be able to inform those arriving at the hospital gates about the instructions.
The Chairman of the Health Committee, MK Uriel Bosso, said at the end of the committee's discussion: "I call on the hospital administrators to behave with sensitivity and, as the law says, to establish guidelines taking into account the feelings of all parties - those who observe the holiday and those who do not, as well as the Arab citizens who celebrate the holiday of Ramadan. We made sure that the law would not sting any side, but would leave the situation as it was until today."
MK Vladimer Bliak Mish Atid criticized the bill and stated that it is religious coercion: "Another layer of religious coercion that you conduct against the public that is different from you, after this law will come more laws"
The Hametz Law