[WORLD NEWS] ISRAELI LAWMAKERS VOTE TO BAN SOME LEFT-WING GROUPS FROM SCHOOLS

ISRAEL PARLIAMENT

ISRAEL’S PARLIAMENT, TODAY PASSED A LAW CALLED ‘BREAKING THE SILENCE” THAT CAN SEE GROUPS CRITICAL OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES TOWARD THE PALESTINIANS BANNED FROM ENTERING ISRAELI SCHOOLS AND SPEAKING WITH PUPILS.

THE AMENDMENT TO THE EDUCATION ACT GRANTS NEW POWERS TO EDUCATION MINISTER, NAFTALI BENNETT, HEAD OF THE RELIGIOUS-NATIONALIST JEWISH HOME PARTY, TO ORDER SCHOOLS TO BAR CERTAIN GROUPS FROM GIVING LECTURES TO STUDENTS.

BUT CRITICS OF THE LAW, SAY THE LAW WHICH PASSED WITH 43 VOTES IN FAVOR AND 24 AGAINST IN THE 120-SEAT PARLIAMENT, IS A BLOW TO CORE DEMOCRATIC VALUES LIKE FREE SPEECH AND PART OF THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT’S EFFORT TO DELEGITIMIZE RIGHTS GROUPS AND NGOS.