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74% Israeli public prefers civil government coalition

74% Israeli public prefers civil government coalition

74% of the Israeli public prefers a civil government based on a partnership between Likud and the Blue-&-White party, independent of the ultra-Orthodox parties’ dictates. 68% of the Israeli public wants the party it votes for to fight for the advancement of religious freedom and equality of the civic burden.


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82% of Israeli Jews support a law of mandatory conscription for yeshiva students

82% of Israeli Jews support a law of mandatory conscription for yeshiva students

68% of Israeli Jews support denying subsidies to those who don’t serve in the army, 69% support the Supreme Court decision to invalidate the Tal Law*, and 82% support passing a law that would force most yeshiva students to enlist.

El-Al must not allow segregation on planes!

El-Al must not allow segregation on planes!

Hiddush successfully petitions El Al Airlines not to tolerate segregation on board

Hiddush presents: Exclude the Excluders!

Hiddush presents: Exclude the Excluders!

Director of Hiddush, Rabbi Uri Regev: "No more will women be excluded from the public sphere. We can no longer stand with those who promote the exclusion of women, the time has come to for a civil governmental coalition without those who exclude."

15,000% Growth in army exemptions for yeshiva students since 1948

15,000% Growth in army exemptions for yeshiva students since 1948

Number of current yeshiva students receiving deferments estimated at 58,000. Hiddush President Adv. Rabbi Uri Regev: “Any extension of the Tal Law does a huge disservice to the proud concept of the Peoples’ Army. The public will not tolerate continued discrimination in favor of the ultra-Orthodox; any extension will see great consequences in the next election.”

Women only 5 percent of religious councils

Women only 5 percent of religious councils

Only one woman was appointed as a member of a religious council in 2011. Not a single council chair is female. Hiddush President, Rabbi Uri Regev: The horrific discrimination against women on religious councils only provides more proof that they must be eliminated and their responsibilities transferred to local authorities.

Say no to unfair housing subsidies!

Say no to unfair housing subsidies!

Hiddush Petition against suggested guidelines for affordable housing that blatantly favor ultra-Orthodox applicants

Hiddush Poll: 43% of the Israeli Jewish public support Lapid’s entry into political life

Hiddush Poll: 43% of the Israeli Jewish public support Lapid’s entry into political life

34% of the respondents said they are very likely or somewhat likely to vote for a new party that will advance religious freedom and the equal shouldering of civic responsibilities. Hiddush president, Rabbi Uri Regev: “There is great eagerness among Israelis for a new political leader that will focus on religious freedom and equality”.

Israel receives a “0” in the International Religious Freedom Index

Israel receives a “0” in the International Religious Freedom Index

Israel in the bottom quarter of the world index of religious freedom, scoring the same as Iran, Afghanistan and Russia. Hiddush head Rabbi Uri Regev: “This index shows the growing gap between the support of most Israelis for religious freedom, and the governments’ growing surrender to fundamentalist religious politicians.”

Hiddush outraged by possibility of all-male committee for Rabbinic appointment

Hiddush outraged by possibility of all-male committee for Rabbinic appointment

Suggested appointments for the Committee for Rabbinical Judges would leave the committee without female members, exacerbating and intensifying the already gender-discriminatory rabbinic court system

Hiddush Poll: 78% of the Jewish Israelis support recommendations of the Trajtenberg Committee

Hiddush Poll: 78% of the Jewish Israelis support recommendations of the Trajtenberg Committee

78% of the Jewish population of Israel support the recommendations of the Trajtenberg committee dealing with integrating ultra-Orthodox men into the work force, enforcing core curriculum, and limiting funding for yeshivas

91% of Jewish religious population: Gender segregation is distortion of Judaism.

91% of Jewish religious population: Gender segregation is distortion of Judaism.

According to a survey by the Smith Institute for Hiddush, 89% of the Jewish public in Israel sees recent controversies over gender segregation in the streets of Mea Shearim and on bus lines as a distortion of Judaism (42%) or extremely unnecessary (47%).

Hiddush to the Treasury: Transfer allocated funds to recruit ultra-Orthodox men

Hiddush to the Treasury: Transfer allocated funds to recruit ultra-Orthodox men

Knesset working group discovers that recruitment of 200 ultra-Orthodox men was rejected because the Treasury is unwilling to fulfill commits to pay. Rabbi Uri Regev: “Recruiting ultra-Orthodox men is an investment in the economy, not rivaled by many.” Calls on ultra-Orthodox political parties to join the struggle

Social justice, religious freedom and the tent protests

Social justice, religious freedom and the tent protests

Protest leaders did their utmost to stick to economic demands.

U.S. State Department reports limitations on religious freedom despite opposition from most citizens

U.S. State Department reports limitations on religious freedom despite opposition from most citizens

The U.S. State Department 2010 Report on International Religious Freedom sites increasing tension in Israeli society between secular and ultra-Orthodox citizens on issues such as housing allocations, military service exemptions and allocations for religious institutions of study. The report also lists a series of cases of violence against women in terms of extreme demands for modest dress and gender separation.

Supreme Court Petition to Allow Civil Marriage

Supreme Court Petition to Allow Civil Marriage

Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev remarks “The reality which denies the basic human right of marriage to hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens is intolerable.”

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