A bill prohibiting discrimination against elementary and high school students
based on sexual orientation, identity or gender was approved in a preliminary
Knesset vote on Wednesday. The legislation, proposed by MK Dov Henin (Hadash),
has government support and is meant to prevent social, verbal and physical harm
to gay youth.
“We are taking an important step toward eliminating
homophobia," Henin said. “Schools are where the next generation absorbs values,
and education shapes their future actions.” The legislation passed its
preliminary reading with 40 in favor and four opposed, and will be discussed in
the Knesset Education, Culture and Sport Committee.