Ban on discrimination against West Bank residents gets ministerial approval

January 17, 2016 19:27

Legislation that would penalize businesses who refuse to deliver their products to the West Bank received the Ministerial Committee for Legislation’s approval Sunday.

The bill by MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Bayit Yehudi) states that customers who face location-based discrimination, no matter where they are in Israel, could sue businesses for up to NIS 50,000, without proof of damages. The proposal would apply to businesses with at least 100 employees that say they provide services throughout the country, such that it would not apply to small businesses, but to large chains and companies.

Such a company could face a lawsuit if they provide services in one location, but not another that is equidistant from it.

An exception would be made in cases of serious security concerns.

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