Labor's Social Platform Seeks to Make Culture More Accessible

The Labor Party?s social platform will include a program aimed at promoting Israel?s cultural life.

The Labor Party's social platform will include a program aimed at promoting Israel's cultural life, in keeping with its principle that "creating culture and its consumption are a universal basic right of every citizen."

Labor has also promised to toward increasing the culture budget by at least five folds within two years, from what represents today 0.2 percent of the annual state budget to a whole 1 percent. This percentage is similar to the one recommended at the 1998 UNESCO conference in Stockholm.

The party will also seek to reduce entry fees to several cultural centers in a bid to make culture more accessible for members of weak social classes.

According to the head of Labor's planning committee, Yuval Albashan, the idea would be to instate public monitoring system over ticket pricing for state-backed cultural establishments.

"We think that poverty isn't only a lack of bread," Albashan said. "It is also a lack in education and culture. We are fighting for the citizens' freedom from penury, a freedom which also encompasses cultural components."