State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan called on employers Monday to integrate haredim into the marketplace.
At an awards ceremony on the haredi campus of Ono Academic College, Nitzan said that "the way for the haredi public to integrate into Israeli society is through the social services. Now that haredim are pursuing higher education, businesses must open the door to them and allow them to advance through gainful employment."
Nitzan stressed that "as of today there are very few haredim in the state attorney's office, and it is an obstacle that we must overcome."
Twenty students received awards for academic excellence during the ceremony. The director of the haredi campus, Moshe Shimoni told the recipients: "Ono Academic College believe that integrating haredim into the workforce is an important and essential step for the Israeli market and the ultra-Orthodox population of Israel."
According to Shimoni, "the most effective way to incorporate haredim into society is through higher education, which will allow them to find gainful employment and add value to the economy."
Shimoni emphasized the role of Ono Academic College in advancing that effort: "The job of the haredi campus is to society – the moment the haredi students receive a degree and enter into the workforce, we help their social integration, allowing people who are citizens of the same country to live side by side."
Ono Academic College has two haredi campuses, in Or Yehuda and Jerusalem, in which some 3,000 students are enrolled.