JERUSALEM — (12-24-22) — Refusing services to LGBTQ+ people and non-Jews will now be allowed under Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Otzma Yehudit, head MK Itamar Ben-Gvir, defended the new clause added to the new coalition agreements that will allow private business owners to refuse services to Israelis based on religious beliefs. Meaning Israeli businesses will be able to legally discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals or non-Jews.

The clause, which was inserted into the Likud’s agreement with the Religious Zionists Party (RZP), will correct instances where the state “infringed on the rights of Israeli Jews in their own businesses,” said Ben-Gvir in a KAN Reshet B last Friday.

According to current Israeli law, a business owner who refuses to serve customers on such grounds will be issued an expensive fine for discrimination.

The new clause was added following late-night talks Last Wednesday between incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition partners.

The clause also comes after Netanyahu stressed in several interviews and statements since his election, that his new government will not violate the rights of Israel’s LGBTQ+ community.

In an earlier statement, Smotrich also defended the clause, giving the example that a “Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) or religious barber should not have to shave a man’s beard with a blade in his own private business.”

The war on the LGBTQ+ community with bigotry and violence will now be allowed in the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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