'The best should pursue journalism'

Minister Ayelet Shaked dismisses claims of discrimination against haredi sector, telling haredis: 'you are smart and talented enough.'

Hezki Baruch and Tal Polon,

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
Alex Kolomoisky/POOL

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the Jewish Home party gave a speech last night (Monday) before the Knesset plenum, in which she called on the haredi sector to integrate into the journalistic profession in Israel.

She cited the call of the late Minister Uri Orbach z"l, who, back in 1987, had written an article in which he encouraged "the best [to go into] journalism," and noted that his call had, since, been heeded by many.

"Since then, many skull-cap-wearing people have [heeded the call and] gone into journalism, including those that Minister Akunis termed 'national religious guys.'"

The latter comment was apparently in reference to the words of Minister Ofir Akunis of the Likud party, who had been dismissive of "all those national religious guys in journalism."

Shaked was critical of the claim of Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas), who had said that the haredi sector faces discrimination that makes it harder to integrate into the journalistic profession.

"I call on the haredi sector to listen to Uri Orbach and integrate into the journalistic profession. You are smart and talented enough."

"In the latest training course for Army Radio, there were 9 national-religious cadets and one haredi, so why couldn't there be more? Minister Deri, this speech was for you. Read this speech and integrate into the public sphere," she concluded her message to the haredi public.




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