Human Rights Bill Drafted in Israel; Orthodox Oppose Some Provisions
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Human Rights Bill Drafted in Israel; Orthodox Oppose Some Provisions

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The Israel Government submitted to the Knesset’s legislative committee a draft human rights bill of 48 articles which, if adopted, would become part of Israel’s basic constitution.

The draft opens with a guarantee that “all persons shall be equal in rights and duties” and another one that there “shall be no discrimination whatsoever because or race, color, sex, language, religion, nationality, political opinions, social status or other differences.”

The bill provides equal protection of life, property and the right of person and includes important guarantees of religious freedom which reportedly have already drawn fierce objections from Israel’s religious parties. These provisions guarantee to each person in Israel his right to belief, profession and advocacy of any religion he desires, and secures to him the right to change that religion in a fashion fixed by law.

Other Important sections of this bill of rights grant full equality to men and women and to children born in or out of wedlock Freedom of unrestricted movement within the country is also guaranteed as is the protection of the person, his honor and his good name. The right to work is also guaranteed.

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