First grade school children kids class 311.
(photo credit: Marc Sellem Israel/The Jerusalem Post)
Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel called on Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday to
cancel the planned cuts in child allotments, which they claim primarily hurt
Arabs, where more than half of the children are living below the poverty
Sawsan Zaher, a lawyer and director of the social and economic
rights unit at Adalah, told The Jerusalem Post that her organization works
against anything that negatively affects the Arab sector. She added that the
bill would also hurt the haredim (ultra-Orthodox) who tend to have larger
Adalah, an NGO, released a press statement saying the new
budget, that reduces child allotments from NIS 175 to 140 a month, will have a
significant impact for families with many children. Today, a family of six
receives NIS 1,938 a month and this would decrease to NIS 840 under the new
Adalah’s statement also quoted Zaher as saying the child allotment
allows for parents to raise their children with dignity.
MK Dov Lipman of
Yesh Atid told the Post
that he disagrees that the new budget will hurt haredim
and Arabs. “Our fiscal plan will specifically help the haredi and Arab sectors
with programs to help them join the workforce instead of living off welfare,” he
He added, "Extra money has been set aside in the welfare ministry to help the weakest sectors in the short term despite the cuts in child benefits and in the long run these populations will have the tools to sustain themselves with dignity."