Youth organizations in Israel are facing significant cuts in government funding, but protests seem to have had an impact. At a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich announced a review of the decision to reduce funding for these organizations. The initial reduction of 10 million shekels has been reduced to 1 million shekels.
The adjusted draft state budget for 2024, 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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