The decision to reduce funding for teenage and youth organizations in Israel has sparked protests and led to a review of the decision. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich announced at a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee that the budget for youth organizations would not be reduced as significantly as initially expected. Instead of 10 million shekels, the reduction would only be 1 million shekels.
The adjusted draft state budget for 2024, which was adopted in the first reading last week, included a provision for a reduction in funding for youth organizations by 10 million shekels. Leaders of these organizations argued that the loss of state support would effectively mean the end of teenage and youth movements in Israel, including well-known groups like Bnei Akiva and Tzofim.
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