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Hiddush’s Newest Report Shows Overwhelming Support for Freedom of Expression

Hiddush’s Newest Report Shows Overwhelming Support for Freedom of Expression

Months after the Jewish Federations of North America launched a new initiative, iREP, to promote freedom of expression and marriage in Israel, a new report reveals that over two-thirds of Israeli Jews support Israel-diaspora partnerships like iREP that advocate for religious freedom of marriage, or civil marriage.

The report by Hiddush, an Israeli organization for religious freedom and equality, found that 67% of Israeli Jews, and 74% of non-ultra-Orthodox Jews support Israeli-diaspora efforts for freedom of marriage. These high levels of support mirror Israeli Jews’ overwhelming support of civil marriage, which has reached the highest level in the history of Hiddush’s Religion and State Index. The support is widespread, including a majority of Jews from all religious groups except Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox.

Other statistics from the Index include:

  • 84 percent of Israeli Jews support freedom of religion and conscience, up slightly from 83% in 2013.
  • Support for separation of religion and state has reached its highest recorded level at 61%, up slightly from 60% in 2013 and 56% in 2012.
  • A majority of Israeli Jews (51%) believe that every political party, secular, Israeli-Arab, and ultra-Orthodox, should be required to have female Members of Knesset.

Rabbi Uri Regev, President of Hiddush and founding Director of the Israeli Religious Action Center (IRAC), and Stanley Gold, Hiddush’s US Chairman, said about the report:

This study strongly reaffirms that supporting efforts for freedom of religion in Israel is one of the most pro-Israel activities that world Jewry can take part in. The time is now for all of us to help Israel fully embrace these values!”

You can access the full Religion and State Index on the Hiddush website or here.

Published: 9/30/2014

Categories: Social Justice