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Israel in turmoil over proposal to cancel anti-discrimination law  

With the president, politicians, intellectuals and celebrities slamming an amendment proposed by future coalition members to cancel the anti-discrimination law, incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself in a bind.  
Israeli Knesset (Israeli parliament) member Bezalel Smotrich (L), leader of the Religious Zionist Party, speaks with his colleague and party member Orit Strook (R).

Israeli financial and industry groups came out Monday against an initiative by far-right Knesset members to seek legislation allowing businesses and service providers to refuse services that allegedly go against their religious beliefs. Israel’s Bank Discount announced it would deny credit to any business or entity found to be discriminating against any sector of Israeli society.

A few hours after the decision was made by Discount’s board of directors, other groups published similar announcements. These included the Israeli cybersecurity startup Wiz, AIG Israel insurance company, Altshuler-Shaham investment house and others. 

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