Daily Israel Report

Hershkowitz Lone Minister to Back ‘Magen David Adom' Bill

Hershkowitz is the lone Cabinet minister backing a bill requiring the Star of David on Magen David ambulances in Judea and Samaria.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 3/4/2012, 1:44 PM

Magen David Adom ambulance
Magen David Adom ambulance
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Jewish Home party chairman Rabbi/Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz was the lone Cabinet minister Sunday morning to support a bill requiring the Star of David on Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulances in Yesha.

The bill, sponsored by National Union Knesset Member Uri Ariel, was submitted after MDA signed an agreement, exposed by Arutz Sheva late last year, which required it to remove the Jewish star from its ambulances in Judea and Samaria as a condition to its becoming a member of the International Red Cross. “Magen David” is the Hebrew term for the Star of David.

Opponents to the bill argued against the claim of discrimination. Officials of the Health, Justice and Foreign ministries expressed their opposition to the proposed law, which they said would damage MDA’s international standing.

Likud Minister Dan Meridor stated that the bill  would “create a new problem instead of solving an existing one.”

He charged that requiring the Star of David on ambulances in Judea and Samaria is a back door to annex the area to Israel, which officially has been under military rule since the Six-Day War in 1967. Hershkowitz said, “When ambulances in Judea and Samaria have to take off the Star of David, this is clear discrimination. without any connection the medical services it renders.”

Likud Minister Benny Begin suggested that the proposal be shelved for a month to allow further study concerning any damage that might be incurred to Magen David Adom.