'Labor, Meretz, Hadash best on social issues'

Forum for Social Justice, comprised of activists from 2011 tent protests, ranks lawmakers based on their activity.

January 17, 2013 03:06
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sign on a tent reads ‘We demand public housing.’

Social justice protest 521. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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Activists ranked Labor the best party on social issues, followed by Hadash, in the Social Team Ranking, while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was the lowest-ranked party leader.

The Forum for Social Justice, comprised of activists from the 2011 tent protests, ranked lawmakers based on their activity in the outgoing Knesset.

The party ranking has three parameters: The parties’ platforms, the social activities of their leader and the average ranking of their MKs.

Some of the activities that count toward points are working to shrink economic gaps, reduce poverty, increase the government’s responsibility to citizens, help the periphery and get rid of contract work.

The ranking also takes into account the size of a party, giving smaller ones a boost in points.

Labor leads the ranking with 42.31 points, followed by Hadash with 19.23, and their leaders also top the list.

Labor chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich has 46.75 points, and Hadash chairman Muhammad Barakei has 19.23.

Likud Beytenu has the lowest ranking, with -25 points, and Netanyahu is the party leader with the fewest points, - 31.25.

Bayit Yehudi is the second-lowest ranked, with -24.52 points, but party leader Naftali Bennett is not ranked, because he did not serve in the outgoing Knesset.

Meretz is the party whose MKs have the highest average ranking at 38.42 points, while Likud Beytenu’s lawmakers have the lowest average with -1.38.

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