Israeli Government Votes Down Proposed GLBT Anti Discrimination Law


Israel’s government has voted down a proposal to extend anti discrimination laws to its GLBT citizens.

The legislation, which had been proposed by opposition MK Ofer Shelah from the Yesh Atid party, would have extended all existing anti-discrimination legislation to protect GLBT Israelis.

The Jerusalem Post reports the Shelah’s bill lost the support of key Likud members just prior to the vote by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation.


“Such a simple matter, that all laws prohibiting discrimination should apply to discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, did not get the approval of the current government,” Shelah said. “On Pride Week, some of the Likud tried to paint rainbows on their faces. Don’t be fooled: Behind that, you’ll find their true faces.” Shelah told The Jerusalem Post.

In the last Knesset, when Yesh Atid was still in the coalition, the committee approved the bill with support of Likud ministers, but it did not become law before an election was called.

 Article | Levi Joule.