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  7/8/2012, Tammuz 18, 5772

Yeshiva Exemption from Disabled Access Draws Fire


By a vote of 30-13, the Knesset passed, Sunday, the preliminary version of a proposal by Finance Committee Chairman Moshe Gafni and Ethics Committee Chairman Yitzchak Vaknin to grant yeshivas an exemption from the requirement of making their buildings accessible to the disabled. The proposal now goes to the Knesset's House Committee to determine which committee will develop the bill for its first reading.

Chairman Yuval Wagner of "Access Israel" called for defeat of the measure, calling it, "the first legislation which overrides accessibility and breaks the principle of equality." He noted that 18 percent of the population has disabilities, adding, "The statistics don't distinguish between the secular and hareidi-religious."