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Moshe Matalon

  • New bill would condition Knesset electability on completion of military service

    Palestinian citizens cannot be expected to serve an institution that protects the Jewish identity of the state. If Israel prohibits its Palestinian citizens from participating in elections, it would cease to function as a democracy, and it would lose its case against claims of apartheid. By Fady Khoury The media reported this week that MK Moshe Matalon (Yisrael Beiteinu) has introduced a new bill prohibiting citizens who have not completed military, national or civil service from being elected to the Knesset. This bill joins an array of several other bills proposed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party, which condition…

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  • Knesset goes after artists who didn't serve in the IDF

    What’s wrong with the "military service shirkers" bill? Well, just about everything The Ministerial Legislation Committee is scheduled to debate tomorrow (Sunday) a bill by MK Moshe Matalon (Yisrael Beitenu), which prohibits government support of artists who are “military service shirkers” (Mishtamtim, in Hebrew). In explaining why the bill is essential (Hebrew document), Matalon says: “The spread of the phenomenon of evading one's duty of serving in the IDF is critically supported by celebrities, particularly of the arts and sports fields, who undoubtedly serve as a role model for the youth, and who are unwilling to let a contribution to…

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