יום שלישי, ינואר 02, 2007
New high in Jewish legislators worldwide
Noted in Haaretz shortly after the US midterm election:
Tuesday's U.S. elections brought the number of Jewish parliamentarians worldwide to an all-time high, according to the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians.There will be 13 Jews in the new Senate (up from 11, so they already had a minyan*) and 30 in the House (up from 26). However,
the United States is still only in third place worldwide for the number of Jewish legislators, after Israel [duh--(z)ed] and Britain.Britain's elected Jewish legislators number 18 (in the 630+ seat House of Commons); there are also 59 in the unelected House of Lords. As for the rest of the world:
After Britain and the United States come France and Ukraine, with 18 Jewish legislators each, followed by Russia (13), Brazil (11), and Canada and Hungary (10 each)... According to the ICJP, there are 246 Jewish legislators worldwide (excluding Israel), up from 208 in 2005 - an increase of about 18 percent.
The organization noted that it does not use the halakhic definition of a Jew in determining whether a legislator is Jewish. [Good for them--(z)ed]
* Though not in the Orthodox sense: There were only nine Jewish men in the previous Senate, but now eleven of the thirteen are men.