Jews get more tax breaks
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Supreme Court: Tax breaks favor Jews

Chief Justice at hearing: Recent location-based tax breaks do not apply to any Arab community

Location-based tax breaks discriminate against Israel's Arab citizens, Chief Justice Dorish Beinish said Wednesday during a Supreme Court hearing on the matter.


Beinish and fellow judges on the panel noted that not even one Arab community was included in the recent addition to the list of towns whose residents get tax breaks from the State.


The judges ruled that the State must issue an announcement until November 30, declaring whether a legislative process that would set uniform, equal criteria for tax break purposes is underway.


The hearing followed petitions submitted to the High Court as early as 2002, in a bid to question the legality of tax breaks granted to Israeli citizens based on their area of residence. The petition argued that Arab and Bedouin communities in Israel's north and south do not enjoy the same benefits as nearby Jewish communities.


In the verdict, Beinish wrote that the information presented to the court clearly shows that legislation on the matter does not meet the test of equality and is not premised on clear criteria.


The chief justice added that given the small gaps between the positions of both sides, judges previously believes that the matter would be resolved without judicial intervention.


"However, the government and Knesset refrained – methodically and over the course of some years – from acting in order to resolve the issue," she wrote.


פרסום ראשון: 09.15.10, 17:29
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