Meretz's Gal-On calls for firing of Shas minister Margi

June 2, 2012 19:25

Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On on Saturday called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to fire Religious Affairs Minister Ya'acov Margi, after the Shas minister spoke out against the state's decision to pay the wages of non-Orthodox rabbis in accordance with a recommendation from the High Court of Justice.

Until now, non-Orthodox religious leaders have not been recognized as rabbis and their communities have had to pay their salaries through money raised by membership dues. The wages of Orthodox rabbis are paid by the Religious Services Ministry.

Gal-On called the High Court decision to pay non-Orthodox rabbis "the first step of a long journey to fix the injustice and discrimination that have gone on for years. The High Court has said 'enough' to the kidnapping of Judaism by an extremist group which turned it into a political tool."

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