Gov't set to approve controversial changes to Shekel notes

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 28, 2013 10:18




The government was set to approve the first in a series of changes to the currency this morning that would change the images on the 200,100, and 50 shekel notes to four prominent Hebrew poets, Israel media outlets reported.

But the move has come under fire because the four suggested poets are all of Ashkenazi Jewish background. 

Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett echoed criticism of the currency changes on Sunday on his Facebook page where he said that he would insist at the government meeting on Wednesday on the inclusion of a poet from the Sephardi heritage.

Bennett was echoing Shas MK Aryeh Deri's criticism made last week who expressed incredulity at the lack of a suggested Sephardi poet. 

Meretz MK Esawi Freige joined the note changes debate on Sunday remarking on the lack of any intention to immortalize a non-Jewish figure on the Shekel bills. 

"Sixty five years have passed since the state was established and the Arab community is still not considered a part of it, not in its symbols and not in its character," Esawi said."


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