Freedom of Information Law To Apply to Religious Councils
by Eliezer Rauchberger
The Knesset Constitution and Justice Committee has decided
that the religious councils fall within the Law of Freedom
of Information. As a result, the councils will be obligated
by law to provide information to the public.
According to the Law of Freedom of Information, which went
into effect a year-and-a-half ago, every governmental and
public body is obligated to apprise the public of the scope
of its jurisdiction, of its structure and functions, and to
reply to requests for information. The Law determines which
bodies are subject to the law and enables the Justice
Minister, with the approval of the Knesset Constitution and
Justice Committee, to add to that list.
Justice Minister Yossi Beilin asked that the law also apply
to the religious councils, citing that the latter are
governmental bodies subsidized by taxpayers. The Committee
approved the request.