MK Danny Danon 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy: Knesset)
Immediately following Wednesday’s stormy session of the Knesset Committee for
Aliya, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, Chairman MK Danny Danon (Likud) issued a
statement saying he would spearhead a package of legislation that would address
discriminatory practices against members of the Ethiopian
Danon announced that he would seek partners in the Ministries
of Education, Immigrant Absorption and Internal Security to create legislation
in all areas where racism exists.
“Anyone found being racist against
Ethiopians will go to jail,” he declared.
Among the penalties Danon hopes
to institute if this package of laws is approved is to criminalize racism with a
fine of NIS 100,000, and jail time for up to six months.
called on the various government ministers to institute stronger policies
against racism and to promote equality.
“It is up to us to fight this
dangerous phenomenon in Israeli society,” said the MK.
Meretz MK Ilan Gilon, who was one of few politicians to attend Tuesday’s protest
against racism in Kiryat Malachi, called on the government Wednesday to support
his bill aimed at tackling discriminatory practices in the housing
The bill will be brought for discussion on Sunday in the
Ministerial Committee on Legislation.