MK Zevulun Orlev is a senior member of HaBayit HaYehudi, which is the latest incarnation of the party once known as Mizrahi, and later Mafdal (National Religious Party). The party is currently a partner in PM Netanyahu's government coalition.
For months now, close to nothing has been heard from Orlev or his party regarding controversial government policies like the building freeze, or the removal of roadblocks that help protect Jewish drivers from terrorists. Because of this silence, there have been some who have questioned Orlev's commitment to the interests of a major part of his own constituency.
I am posting this today to prove those people wrong: I am very heartened to see that MK Zevulun Orlev is in fact valiantly struggling to protect the vital interests of the dati leumi public:
Orlev: Religious public shouldn't pay for 'Eretz Nehederet'Kudos to MK Orlev for expressing his outrage over the kind of scandalous injustice that truly matters.
Education committee chairman outraged about fee for watching popular comedy show after Shabbat.
Knesset Education and Culture Committee chairman Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) intends to send a letter to the Second Television Authority on Sunday protesting Keshet's decision to charge for watching the popular show Eretz Nehederet on Saturday nights.
Sabbath-observant viewers, who do not watch television on Friday nights, were able to watch the show online for free on Saturday nights after Shabbat ended. But religious viewers who went to Channel 2's site to watch the show this Saturday night found a disclaimer informing them that there was a charge to watch the show until Monday.
"I was very surprised by this improper decision," Orlev said.
"There is no reason why the religious public that doesn’t watch TV on Shabbat should have to pay a fine for their observance. I will work to get this scandalous decision canceled."
This ought to finally silence Orlev's critics, who for some reason like to claim that his priorities are skewed.
(For a very good illustration of the critical value underlying this cultural mainstay that prompted Orlev to champion the rights of religious people to watch it, see this recent news item.)
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