(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. Continue reading “(Un)Kill(ed) Bill(s): Old People and Minorities”

Are Synagogues Worth the Money?

Recently, a court decided that a law exempting synagogues (or as they are known on Shabbat morning, “daycares”) and other houses of worship from paying arnona does not include places of religious learning (or as they are known, “places of the hock”). So the Knesset passed a law to clarify that places of religious learning are to be included within the exception. Continue reading “Are Synagogues Worth the Money?”

(Un)Kill(ed) Bill(s): BDS and Incest

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

Entrance to Israel Law – Whole bunches of MKs – We wrote about this law in the past. It prevents Israel boycott activists from receiving visas, though the Minister of the Interior can allow for it. The only major changes they made to the bill since its first reading is to clarify that the call for boycott must be public and that if the person has committed to supporting boycott then the law applies to them. Continue reading “(Un)Kill(ed) Bill(s): BDS and Incest”

Approximately 27 Amazing Facts about Trade that will Make you Sound Sane

As we go twirling into the future, angst grows regarding globalization and free trade. Many think that free trade moves perfectly good jobs from developed economies to developing economies. Others focus on the negative impact on nascent economies, sovereignty and the environment among other things (it usually depends on your political ideology). The answer for free trade opponents is to make importing goods more expensive and thereby protect local production. Continue reading “Approximately 27 Amazing Facts about Trade that will Make you Sound Sane”