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New Bank of Israel Governor Calls on Arabs & Chareidim to Join the Workforce

charedi1Newly-appointed Governor of the Bank of Israel Dr. Karnit Flug has followed her predecessor’s lead and she is calling for more Arab women and chareidim men to join the nation’s workforce to “avoid paying a heavy economic and social price in years to come.”

Flug made her first public speech since her nomination as Governor, at the Prime Minister’s Conference Partners in Growth – economic development of minority sectors, in Tel Aviv.

“The successful integration of the Arab public into the labor market in particular, and into the economy in general, is a very important, even essential, component of the Israeli economy’s ability to continue to grow, and to support a higher standard of living for all Israelis,” said Flug.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

5 Responses

  1. So they are going to require Israeli businesses to accomodate people from traditional cultures – what in the USA is “reasonable accomodation” is called by “religious coercion” in Israel.

  2. as a charadi who woke din Israel for more than 25 years in various places and who also worked some 20 years in USA:

    if you want charadis in work sector END THE DISCRIMINATION against the frum people.

    I have been constantly discriminated against in almost every job here in Israel; but in the states had little problems with discrimination.

    Israeli employeers never overtly discriminate but prefer to hire a less qualified person who is non religious because he/she is more of a team player (in their eyes) that a charadi (whom they believe will not fit in and will be hated by the rest of the work force)

    my view is based not only on my work experience but more on personal revelations told to me by non religious friends at places I worked at and also did not get accepted from.

    so quit the BS about charadim not working and PASS LAWS ENDING DECRIMINALIZATION.

  3. Its just a matter of time until someone insists its kefirah to demand that bnai torah get out from behind their shtenders for a few hours a day and earn a parnassah. While post#1 correctly notes it will require some accommodation by the business community the burden is clearly on the chareidi leadership to facilitate the integration of their tzibur with the larger economy.

  4. To akuperman:
    The call is to charedi men and not to businesses. It is the vast amount of charedi men who do not work – I know you call collel work – that should be encouraged to try and lift themselves out of a poverty mindset by working in jobs that pay much more than a diminishing collel stipend

  5. I think most people assume that the government led by Lapid and Co. is on a witch hunt against the charedi community based solely on hatred. I’m willing to concede that I’m sure hatred is part of it but it goes deeper than people realize. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which is a big policy setter for international finance, came up with a report in the last year or so that Israel needs to get much higher percentages of the Charedi and Arab populations into the mainstream workforce or otherwise the Israel economy won’t deemed stable enough to maintain current international credit ratings it currently enjoys or get better ones.

    The government is very scared that if they don’t get the country’s economic realities in line with international financial policy quickly they will be very hard pressed to keep the monetary status quo. That’s the main driver behind this policy – stam sina of the charedim plays a part but isn’t the only (or possibly even main) thing behind it. As they say in life – follow the money

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