Daily Israel Report

MK Regev Pushes Law Banning Discrimination Against IDF Soldiers

Member of Knesset, Miri Regev, tours Tel Aviv following allegations that a handful of clubs are banning serving IDF soldiers from entering.
By Kochava Rozenbaum
First Publish: 9/27/2013, 12:45 PM

MK Miri Regev
MK Miri Regev
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Knesset Interior Committee chairperson Miri Regev (Likud-Beiteinu) made a special visit to Tel Aviv on Friday morning amid reports that local clubs were refusing entry to soldiers serving in the Israeli Defense Forces.

In recent years numerous IDF soldiers have complained of being refused entry to a few clubs in the city, due to the establishments' left-wing policies and opposition to the Israeli Defence Forces - a decision which has angered the majority of Israelis and drawn ire from numerous Members of Knesset.

On her tour of Tel Aviv clubs, Regev was accompanied by the deputy mayor of Tel Aviv and Likud city faction Chairman, Arnon Giladi.

Regev claimed to have witnessed firsthand how a soldier was refused entry into a club after being "screened" at the entrance. Regev noted that the soldier felt humiliated and said she saw to it that he be allowed to enter.

The Likud-Beiteinu lawmaker intends to work for legislation to prevent discrimination based on a person's service in the IDF and revoke the business licenses of entertainment places that violate the law.

"The phenomenon is ugly, degrading and humiliating to me and there is no reason for it," Regev declared.

She continued, "As a supervisor on the matter of business licensing in my role as chairwoman of the Knesset Interior Committee, I intend to make sure the entertainment centers operate according to the law and will not strike down fun seekers. If they do, their licenses must be revoked."