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Shas Bill Demands Equal Representation For Sephardim On Shekel Banknotes

Shas hopes to put an end to discrimination against Sephardim on the nation’s currency – both banknotes and coins. Chairman of the Knesset Education Committee MK Yaakov Margi is sponsoring a bill which the party hopes will bring an end to the exclusion of Sephardim from banknotes.

According to a Bechadrei Chareidim report, for the first time, Shas is seeking to amend the law. From now on, the bill will be submitted to the Knesset Education, Culture & Sports Committee for approval.

The explanatory note to the bill states that it “is intended to transfer the authority to approve the determination of the appearance of banknotes and coins from the Advisory Committee on Banknotes of the Bank of Israel to the Knesset Education, Culture and Sports Committee.”

The bill adds, “The committee decided to replace the current series with a series of poets, and the decision of the committee to determine portraits of personalities based on the new series does not reflect the components of Israeli and cultural existence in its entirety, which is built of a mosaic of cultures “.

It was further argued that “the committee expressed diversity and background without expressing the unique and uniting of the people of Israel, who come from various Diaspora communities.” “The Knesset, which is the sovereign elected by the public, has a great deal of weight and represents more than an advisory committee, and it reflects the multi-cultural mosaic in Israel,” he said.

As stated, the current bill has now been put on the table of the twentieth Knesset by MK Margi of Shas and now began the stage of signing MKs in advance of passing the proposal to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation that may approve the proposal and lead to a discussion and vote in the plenum.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

One Response

  1. If banknote representation is what they worry about, I now understand why they are projected to win zero seats in the next election.

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