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Report: Far-right MKs met at-risk girls, asked them about relationships with Arabs

New Otzma Yehudit MK Almog Cohen poses for a picture a day before the opening session of the Knesset on November 14, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
New Otzma Yehudit MK Almog Cohen poses for a picture a day before the opening session of the Knesset on November 14, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Kan news reports that during a visit to a center for at-risk teen girls outside Jerusalem yesterday, three MKs from the far-right Otzma Yehudit and Religious Zionism parties asked girls about their relationships with Arab men and discussed “assimilation,” meaning concern over interfaith coupling.

The report said Almog Cohen (Otzma Yehudit), Limor Son Har-Melech (Otzma Yehudit) and Michal Waldiger (Religious Zionism) also encouraged employees at the center in Moshav Ora to strengthen Jewish identity and content for the girls.

An unnamed welfare official who spoke to Kan said “discussing assimilation within such a sensitive environment could harm the girl’s rehabilitation process.”

The official said “there is concern that this radical right-wing agenda, no doubt rooted in racism toward Arabs, will enter welfare treatment programs.”

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