Shahar Ilan is the former Haaretz correspondent for religious affairs. He is now the vice president of research and information for Hiddush, an organization for the promotion of religious tolerance.
Defense Minister Barak, Finance Minister Bar-On staunchly oppose proposal, whose chance of passage is slim.
Knesset okays Meretz chair's proposal for Knesset committee to discuss the issue for the first time.
New law also states employers will be precluded from demanding to see past criminal records of job applicants.
Israeli democracy benefits from including representatives of the Arab public. Those who seek to cast them out will engender a process which, in a short period of time, could lead to the formation of an Israeli Arab parliament, calling for autonomy or an uprising in Israel.