On July 12th 2023, a discussion regarding the proposal of MK Yitzhak Kreuzer of Otzma Yehudit, to amend Amendment No. 8 to the Cooperative Societies Ordinance (popularly known as the “Admission Boards Law”), was conducted in the Committee on Public Projects at the Knesset. The Amendment regulated the conditions for the operation of admission boards in “cooperative societies in the Galilee and the Negev” where “the total number of households of both the initial community and subsequent expansions does not exceed 400.” Kreuzer now proposes to expand the admission boards mechanism by including localities with up to 700 households.
Zulat’s position in the discussion was represented by Dr Meital Pinto, a member of the managing board. Dr Pinto requested that the proposers of the law clarify how it prevents all types of societies from being arbitrarily defined as “cooperative societies” – a question that remained unanswered throughout the discussion.
Dr Pinto said:
“Whenever you address nationally prioritized societies, a definition that may vary from one government decision to another, you pave the way for furthermore arbitrary definitions. In essence, you create avenues to include societies not genuinely cooperative by nature. Without such cooperative characteristics, there is no justification for the admission boards. I could not locate any relation to a definition of a cooperative society in the amendment.
The criteria currently set in the law to define a cooperative society are insufficient. They are greatly obscured. Therefore, when you increase the limit to 700 households, you get once more non-concrete terminology. You keep saying ‘as long as they maintain the cooperative essence” and ‘as long as they don’t violate the law of discrimination’, however, we know the true reason most people do not get in. The Arabs have long given up hope.”
(Translation from Hebrew: Moran Yellin)
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