Law to Ban Judea-Samaria Discrimination

Ministerial Committee to consider bill seeking to outlaw discrimination against Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria.

Moshe Cohen ,

Yinon Magal
Yinon Magal
Flash 90 / Moshe Shai

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will on Sunday consider a bill that would ban discrimination against Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria.

The law, proposed Jewish Home MK Yinon Magal, would add residence to the list of conditions for which discrimination can be prosecuted. Among those conditions are age, gender, marital status, and others.

The law was first proposed in the last Knesset by former Jewish Home MKs Orit Struk an Shuli Muallem. The law was approved by the Committee last time as well, but was held up from legislation by challenges from Yesh Atid.

The law would prevent discrimination in hiring and delivery of services to residents of the region.

Many residents of Judea and Samaria have long complained that stores and service providers have refused to deliver products or supply services, forcing them to use alternative sources that are perhaps not so easy to find.

In addition, there have been many complaints of customers being told only after making a purchase that they would have to make their own arrangements to pick up the purchase, because “policy” does not allow them to deliver there.

Those “policies” would be a thing of the past, if the law is passed. Only in cases of actual physical danger or “exceptional circumstances” would companies be allowed to temporarily suspend delivery of services, the law says.

Included in the law would be bans against artists who refuse to perform in Judea and Samaria - an issue that recently sparked a media frenzy when Culture Minister Miri Regev announced she would "reconsider" state funding to an Arab-Jewish theater, after one of its managers refused to participate in a play in Judea and Samaria.