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Political: March 15, 2013

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The Jewish Home and Likud-Beitenu parties have committed in their coalition agreement to promote a basic law which would see Israel’s democratic character subservient to its Jewish character. According to the proposed bill, the state will invest resources in promoting the Jewish settlement within its borders but will not commit to build for other nationalities. The law, which was submitted in the past by MK Avi Dichter, is based on wording formulated by the Institute for Zionist Strategy. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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March 15th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Closed Society: February 7, 2013

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The Ministry of Interior’s Population and Immigration Authority yesterday jailed a 58 year old woman ahead of her deportation, claiming she is not Jewish, despite the fact that the woman has lived her entire life as a Jew.

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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February 7th, 2013 at 11:42 am

State and Religion: December 19, 2012

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The police has tightened the limitations placed on female worshippers from the association “Women of the Wall”, who are now no longer allowed to enter the wall square while carrying a Siddur (prayer book), Torah book, or a Tallit (prayer shawl).  In addition, they have been barred from singing out loud in the square.  Female worshippers who did not adhere to the new restrictions were arrested. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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December 19th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Economy and Society: November 6, 2012

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MK Nissim Ze’ev (Shas), a member of the Knesset’s Education Committee, says that a project promoted by the Ministry of Education to introduce kindergardeners to Islam and Christianity will lead to a loss of identity for the Jewish Children.

(Hebrew – HaKol HaYehudi)

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November 6th, 2012 at 9:16 am

Closed Society: March 2‎‏4‏‎, 2012‎

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A 14 year old boy reported that his class was asked in school to answer the question “what does it mean to be a good Jew?”. The teacher wrote several answers on the blackboard, including: serving in the army, marrying another Jew, visiting holy sites, and supporting the state.

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March 24th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Closed Society: June 16, 2011

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The Ministry of Interior had cataloged on the population registry computer, information given by Itay Bar in an interview to Ha’aretz weekend magazine. In the interview Bar said that his father is a Catholic Christian, and his mother is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and a Catholic mother. When he reached the Be’er Sheva branch of the Ministry of Interior the clerk told him his file was “Blocked for Service”, when asked why she answered it was “due to a report”.

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June 16th, 2011 at 11:12 am

Closed Society: 18 November, 2010

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The US Department of State annual report about the status of freedom of religion claims that the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Shlomo Amar “has deleted years of progress in terms of easing restrictions on conversions into Judaism and expanding the concept of Judaism.” The report critiques the monopoly held by the Orthodox stream of Judaism in controlling marital status in Israel. According to the report, approximately 360 thousand immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union are not recognized as Jews and therefore cannot get married, divorced, or buried in Israel.

The status of approximately 40,000 people who were converted in the special, state-run conversion tribunals is up in the air. (Hebrew)

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November 18th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Political: 5 September 2010

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The Ministry of Education has cut most of the budget for enhanced civics study. The budget that was thus freed up will be transferred for the instruction of Jewish subjects, under directive from Zvi Zameret, chair of the Pedagogical Council of the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education refused to give exact details about the scope of the cutback, but a Haaretz investigation shows that only one third of approximately 60 schools that had met the criteria for that support will indeed receive it.

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September 5th, 2010 at 12:56 am