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Discriminatory Screening of Would-be Neighbors in Israel

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The 2011 admission-committees law grants communities a liberal and vague authority to reject applications by people seeking to move in. One common justification to excuse the screening of would-be residents is the label “unsuitable candidate for the community’s social life.” Under the law, such a claim must be based on the “professional opinion” of a screening institute.

But in the guise of professionalism there is always a close link between the community and the institute contracted to do the evaluation, especially in cases where the community isn’t keen to accept the person or people.

This isn’t solely about sending candidates’ cases to a certain institute, but building a system of evaluations in accordance with specific characteristics and demands. You can find institutes that promise to ensure “an orderly process of communication with the........

© Haaretz