Israel's legislative body, the Knesset, has passed a bill aimed specifically at protecting LGBT students with twenty-five members voting in favor and two opposing, reports LGBTQ Nation.

The bill's sponsor, Member of Knesset (MK) Dov Khenin of the Hadash Party, is reported as saying it is the first Israeli law which specifically addresses the need for protection on the basis of gender identity:

In every school, the right of LGBT youth to be equal students appears black and white. But this law is there to protect not only LGBT students, but is there to protect us all. If youth today are experiencing verbal abuse in schools, then physical violence against the [LGBT] community could become everyday reality... Approval of the bill sends a clear message: We want to live in a society where we all have equal rights, and it is the responsibility of us all to fight for this cause.

Good job, Israel. Now about some of those other civil rights issues...

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