Religious school girls 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Knesset plenum passed a bill late Monday night banning all forms of
discrimination in the school system based on the country of origin of a student
or their parents.
“In light of numerous incidents of both covert and
overt discrimination against students simply because of their country of origin,
the Knesset today has made it clear that there is no place for such incidents in
an advanced country – which has in its laws the protection of an individual’s
dignity and freedom,” initiator of the bill, MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beiteinu)
said on Monday.
Miller, the chairman of the Education, Culture and Sports
Committee said “in Israel there is a significant number of students who are
immigrants or children of immigrants. In order to protect them from
discrimination based on their country of origin, it is necessary to make
discrimination against them based on such grounds illegal.”