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2 opposition bills advance in Knesset amid Ra’am boycott

Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar sits in the plenum hall of the Knesset, on February 16, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar sits in the plenum hall of the Knesset, on February 16, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Two bills backed by the opposition advance in the Knesset as the Ra’am faction boycotts votes amid a dispute with the rest of the coalition.

The bills that pass an initial vote include Shas-backed legislation that requires companies to provide a human customer service representative to senior citizens who call via phone and only receive an automated menu, and a bill that would prevent debt collectors from charging interest on accumulated debts.

Ra’am head Mansour Abbas is reportedly angry at coalition ministers for holding up legislation it backs in the Ministerial Committee on Legislation.

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