Nearly 1,000 people attended a Jerusalem ceremony on Wednesday honoring haredi civil service volunteers. During the ceremony, five volunteers were awarded with honorary plaques for their outstanding service.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
sent a recorded message to the volunteers: "You are the best proof that the Israeli
society has a common denominator. You managed to find the middle ground between your lifestyle and belief on the one hand, and your contribution to society on the other hand.
"Thanks to your service, your communities are undergoing a profound social change. Instead of separatism and alienation, we see a desire to connect and become an integral part of Israeli society."
Head of Civil Service Administration, Minister Uri Orbach,
gave a speech at the ceremony, but was interrupted by a group of volunteers, who were protesting the draft-law
and budget cuts to yeshivot, insisting
that Habayit Hayehudi
party was to blame for both.
Orbach nontheless thanked the volunteers for their service, adding: "My role as the minister in charge of the civil service will not be influenced by a few jeers. We appreciate and encourage the service of haredi citizens and thank them for their contribution to society."
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