New Israeli legislation will see pregnant women skip to the front of the line

Law receives broad support; sponsor Yousef Jabareen says he was inspired by similar practices abroad

Israeli shoppers, illustrative (Courtesy Rami Levy via JTA)
Israeli shoppers, illustrative (Courtesy Rami Levy via JTA)

An amendment to Israel’s Women’s Equal Rights Act will allow pregnant women to skip to the head of lines at “supermarkets, shops, pharmacies, the post office and other places that provide public service.”

The bill, which was proposed by Joint List parliamentarian Yousef Jabareen, was passed unanimously on Monday.

Jabareen said he suggested the bill after seeing his pregnant wife get preferential treatment while abroad.

It came just over a year after the Knesset passed a similar law granting citizens over 80 the same privilege.

Joint List MK Yousef Jabareen attends a committee meeting in the Knesset, December 13, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

“In order to give pregnant women the respect they deserve and to make life easier for them,” the amendment reads, they “will be granted the right to receive public service without waiting in line.”

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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