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Political: January 6, 2013

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Dr. Gilad Natan, a researcher in the Knesset Research and Information Center was recently removed from his post because of left-wing views he had expressed outside his workplace.  The Knesset management explained that the decision was made because Natan harmed the MKs confidence in the center’s research papers, but admitted that “no fault had been found in his research.”  A team of Knesset officials, including the Knesset director general, its legal adviser and the head of the Knesset Information Division – with the blessing of Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin – decided to reassign Natan to a position in the Knesset Archive. (Haaretz)

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Media: November 13, 2011

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A report prepared by the Knesset’s Research and Information Center determines that the Israeli media market is composed of many cross-holdings which harm freedom of expression and cause biased news reporting.

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November 13th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Economy and Society: November 13, 2011

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A report prepared by the Knesset’s Research and Information Center finds that the full-time base salary of women in the public sector in 2010 was lower by 19% than the base salary of men.

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November 13th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Political: November 3, 2011‎

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The Knesset Research and Information Center is calling to increase oversight of the defense budget. According to the report only changes over NIS 50 million (~ $14 million) require reporting before being made, while currently all budget changes are below NIS 50. The report further found that the involvement of the Treasury Budget Department in the defense budget is smaller than its involvement in the budgets of other ministries.

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Economy and Society: June 29, 2011

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A report by the Knesset Research and Information Center states that despite the government’s decision to establish an Air Force special squadron for fire extinguishing, it is not clear whether the aircrafts which were already purchased are capable to put out large scale fires. Of the seven aircrafts in the “El’ad” squadron are in active condition, and they were purchased without a thorough consultation with professionals in the field.

(Hebrew)

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June 29th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Closed Society: 23 November, 2010

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A report by the Knesset Research and Information Center states that many Thai farm laborers use an energizing form of meth-amphetamine known as Yaba, to make them able to work longer hours than their Israeli counterparts, under worse conditions. The Kav Laoved workers’ rights association estimates that a Thai laborer works 12 to 15 hours a day, ands sometimes  even more. There were testimonies from laborers who only had four days off in a year, and all of the laborers who communicated with Kav Laoved reported that they worked six days a weeks, sometimes also on the Sabbath. (Hebrew)

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November 24th, 2010 at 12:16 am