The leaders of teenage and youth organizations in Israel have been protesting against planned cuts to government funding for their organizations. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich announced at a Knesset finance committee meeting that the decision to reduce the funding would be re-examined. According to Smotrich, the budget for youth organizations will still be reduced, but not as significantly as expected. Instead of 10 million shekels, the reduction will be only 1 million shekels.
In other news, it has been reported that there was a hack of Facebook and Instagram. However, it is unclear how this information is related to the content about the funding cuts to youth organizations. It seems like these two topics are disjointed and irrelevant to each other.
The adjusted draft of the state budget for 2024, which was adopted in the first reading last week, included a provision to reduce the funding of youth organizations by 10 million shekels. The leaders of these organizations argued that this loss of state support would effectively mean the end of teenage and youth movements in Israel, including well-known groups such as Bnei Akiva and Tzofim. It seems that due to protests from these organizations, the government has decided to re-examine their decision and reduce the funding by only 1 million shekels instead.