Affirmative action bill for Arabs goes to a vote

“It’s not enough to just say ‘good for you’ to minorities who serve in the IDF.”

May 13, 2017 18:35
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A bill that would give Arabs who perform national-civilian service or serve in the IDF preference in government hiring and university acceptance is going to a Ministerial Committee for Legislation vote on Sunday.

The proposal, submitted by Yisrael Beytenu MKs Oded Forer and Yulia Malinovski, states that anyone in a group that, by law, receives preferred status in civil-service hiring and provided a form of national service would be preferred over those who did not. Their service would be considered job experience and they would receive an extra 5% on their civil-service exams.

The same would apply to university applicants, who would get a 10% bonus on their high-school bagrut and pre-university Psychometric scores.

The bill makes an exception for those who could not serve for health reasons or family reasons, as well as for those who moved to Israel after age 18.

“It’s not enough to just say ‘good for you’ to minorities who serve in the IDF,” Forer said. “We also have to fix the injustice by which those who don’t serve get benefits.”

Forer added that the bill is meant to strengthen the preference for those who contribute to the state, incentivize doing so and help them integrate better into society.

“For years, certain populations have benefited from affirmative action, but not for the right reasons. I hope that the ministers will understand the historic importance of this bill in turning Israel into a country that sees its loyal citizens as worthy of equal rights,” he stated.

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