(Un)Kill(ed) Bill(s): Old People and Minorities

Every week the Knesset passes laws that affect our lives…or someone’s life. Here are the ones that were passed last week.

Amendment to Senior Citizen Law – Government Bill – The law allows people over 80 to cut to the front of the line at government offices, banks, the post office, theaters, museums, large stores and other sites.  Now that’s a law everyone can get behind. Or in front of! Am I right? In all seriousness, when I saw this law, I thought yea! That makes sense. But not a month ago I was waiting at a pharmacy and a very old woman was waiting behind me and I could have very easily given her my number and I didn’t. Thomas Hobbes proven right once again.

Amending Basic Law: The Knesset – Members of Yisrael Beitenu (and Orly Levy-Abekasis, former member of YB) – We wrote about this one in the past. It makes expressions that incite racism or support the enemies of the state grounds for impeachment from the Knesset.

Amendment to the Municipal and Governmental Tax Law – Menachem Eliezer Moses and Yoav Ben-Tzur, just an Ashkenazi (UTJ) and Sephardi (Shas) ultra-Orthodox couple out on the town – We wrote about this last week. Creates arnona exemptions for houses of religious study.

Amendment to the Israel Lands Authority Law – Government Law – The law requires that the overseeing body of the Israel Lands Authority have a member of the Arab, Druze or Circassian communities on it. During the debate, MK Ahamad Tibi mentioned his desire for an Arab on the counsel to be one that the “Arab public accepts” and not a government representative, because the only good Arab is one that Ahmad Tibi agrees with.

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