Bill would require services to West Bank


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A bill making it illegal for companies to discriminate against customers based on where they live, including the West Bank, passed its initial reading in the Knesset.

The bill presented Wednesday could benefit West Bank cities and citizens, Haaretz reported.

The measure comes in the wake of the completion of a cultural center in the West Bank city of Ariel, which members of several Israeli theater companies have said they would not perform in and encouraged other theater professionals to boycott. It could force those actors and directors to work in the Ariel theater, labeling their actions as discriminatory, according to Haaretz.

"From time to time, services or products aren’t provided to populations living in specific locations, like the settlements in Judea and Samaria or Arab villages in the periphery," the bill reads.

It also points out that at times when services are provided, they come at a higher price for those locations.

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