Protests against planned cuts in government funding for teenage and youth organizations seem to have had an impact. At the beginning of a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich announced a review of the decision to reduce funding for these organizations. According to Smotrich, the budget of youth organizations will still be reduced, but not as significantly as initially expected. Instead of 10 million shekels, the reduction will only be 1 million shekels.
Leaders of these organizations argued that the loss of state support would effectively mean the end of teenage and youth movements in Israel, including well-known groups like Bnei Akiva and Tzofim. They organized protests and rallies across the country to express their discontent with the decision. Their efforts appear to have paid off as Smotrich has now announced a review of the decision.
In other news, there were reports last week that hackers had targeted Facebook and Instagram, causing widespread outages on both platforms. It is unclear how this relates to the content about funding cuts for youth organizations, but it does seem like an unrelated and irrelevant addition to the story.