Shas party succumbs to coalition pressure, votes down its own anti-racism bill

After pressure from the United Torah Judaism party, Shas chairman Aryeh Deri ordered his MKs to vote against a bill to suspend government funds for schools that discriminate against students of Sephardic descent.
MKs Cohen (left) and Gafni Screen capture: Channel 2 News

The ultra-Orthodox party Shas on Wednesday chose to submit to the coalition's stance and vote down its own bill to suspend government funds for schools that discriminate against students of Sephardic descent. The decision was made following pressure from the United Torah Judaism party.

During a heated argument, Yesh Atid MK Meir Cohen, who was one of the main advocates of the bill, called UTJ MK Moshe Gafni "a racist" and told him he should "get out" and "be ashamed."

The party said in a statement that it will "continue to fight against discrimination in schools as it has done so far with great success."



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