Friday, January 27, 2023

Israel: Netanyahu allies reject anti-LGBTQ stance

JERUSALEM ( Associated Press) – Israel’s largest medical center and health workers at hospitals across the country have spoken out against comments by Benjamin Netanyahu’s allies calling for a law allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people in hospitals and businesses.

It was part of a series of calls made this week by religious Zionist politicians calling for legal discrimination against LGBTQ people.

The new government of the prime minister-designate, the most religious and intransigent in Israel’s history, is made up of ultra-Orthodox parties, an ultra-nationalist religious faction and its Likud party. The new government will take oath on Thursday.

Earlier this week, two Netanyahu allies from the ultranationalist Religious Zionism party said their faction is seeking to change an anti-discrimination law in a way that allows companies and doctors to deny services to LGBTQ people based on religious beliefs. be allowed to do so.

Orit Struck, a Religious Zionist lawmaker, said his party is seeking a change to the anti-discrimination law that would allow religious health care providers to refuse to treat LGBTQ patients, “unless to provide care There are enough other doctors.”

On Monday, the Sheba Medical Center posted a video on Instagram of healthcare workers from across the country saying “we serve everyone.” Doctors and administrators at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center and Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital made similar statements.

Netanyahu reprimanded Struck for his comments and said that LGBTQ rights would not be diminished in the new government.

Yed Neiman, a newspaper affiliated with one of Netanyahu’s ultra-Orthodox coalition parties, published an editorial against the Religious Zionist politicians, saying they were “slandering Judaism all over the world” and calling on a future government Says “the oppressors and discriminates against Arabs, minorities”. Religious grounds and more.

Several Israeli companies said they would not do business with companies that discriminated against customers on religious grounds.

Israel’s third-largest bank, Bank Discount, said Monday that its board “will not grant credit to companies or organizations that discriminate against customers on the basis of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation.”

Israeli cyber security company Wizz expressed “serious concern” over comments from politicians of religious Zionism and said it would require companies that hire its services to swear not to discriminate against their customers.

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