The Knesset’s Welfare Committee advances a bill that would give ultra-Orthodox candidates preferred representation in government companies and city halls.
The bill would create affirmative action for Haredi job candidates, giving them preference over similarly qualified non-ultra-Orthodox candidates.
It would also guarantee jobs for Haredi candidates by requiring certain local authorities to employ Haredim at a rate proportional to their representation in the population.
United Torah Judaism lawmaker Moshe Gafni, who backed the bill, tells the committee, “You always say that there’s a need to integrate the Haredi population in the workforce. Here you go.”
The bill is approved for its first reading on the Knesset floor.