The Social Index, Summer 2014

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The Social Index
A summary of socio-economic legislation in the Knesset, March-July 2014  Presented by the Social Guard: Israel's Citizen Watchdog for Social Justice  
Summer 2014
Yisrael Beiteinu  
Jewish Home   
What is The Social Index? 
Housing Rights | Employment Rights | Nutrition Assurance | Mental and Emotional Health Education and Schooling | Social Security | Livelihood | Distribution of Resources Prevention of Discrimination | Democratic Participation
Released by The Social Guard at the end of every Knesset session since Winter 2012, the Social Index is designed to hold elected officials accountable to their electorate and to help citizens distinguish between different elected officials and parties, based on their socio-economic agenda. All 120 Members of the Knesset (MKs) and each party are ranked in the index based on two points of data alone: whether they appeared in the plenary votes for socio-economic bills, and how they voted on them.
Our Issues:
Our Soical Index committee ranks bills from 1 to 4 based on the number of people they effect and their perceived impact. If a yes or no on a particular vote reaches 75% than that vote is factored into the index based on its social score. MKs receive 1 point for a socially conscious vote, -1 point for a vote against a socially conscious position, and no points for avoiding or missing a vote. The index is scaled so that the total possible score every session is 100.
How Is The Index Calculated?
How Did the Parties Stack Up? 
      Kadima (Shaul Mofaz)  
Opposition Parties   
     HaTnuah  (Tzipi Livni)
Yesh Atid (Yair Lapid)   
      Yisrael Beiteinu (Avigdor Lieberman)  
                           Likud (Benyamin Netanyahu)  
              Labor  (Isaac Herzog)
                      Hadash (Mohammad Barakeh) 
            Meretz (Zehava Galon)
               Balad (Jamal Zahalka) 
          Shas (Aryeh Deri)  
     Ra'am-Ta'al (Ibrahim Sarsur)  
Torah Judaism (Yaakov Litzman) 
Coalition Parties  
Jewish Home (Naftali Bennett)  
Trends: Summer 2014 
Although their average score was significantly higher than that of Coalition MKs, the social score of 36 of the 52 opposition MKs decreased from Spring to Summer 2014. Labor's MKs improved their scores, while those of all six of Meretz's MKs dropped during the last Knesset session. 
The Social Index score of 39 of the 68 Coalition Members of Knesset Increased, most notably American-born MK Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid); meanwhile, Health Minister Yael German (Yesh Atid) dropped 39 places in the ranking, to number 115.
The Most and Least Socially Conscious Members of Knesset   
1. Itzik Shmuli - Labor (61 Points) 2. Eitan Cabel - Labor (57) 3. Hilik Bar - Labor (56) 4. Nachman Shai - Labor (53) 4. Mickey Rosenthal - Labor (53) 88. Aryeh Deri - Shas (2 Points) 99. Shaul Mofaz - Kadima (1) 99. Yitzhak Cohen - Shas (1) 99. Yaakov Litzman - Torah Judaism (1) 103. Eliyahu Yishai - Shas (0)
12. Dov Lipman - Yesh Atid (35 Points)   16. Yariv Levin - Likud (28) 20. Hamad Amar - Yisrael Beiteinu (21) 21. Boaz Toporovsky - Yesh Atid (20) 21. David Tzur - HaTnuah (20) 115. Tzipi Hotovely - Likud (-3 Points) 117. Ze'ev Elkin - Likud (-6) 117. Avi Wortzman - Jewish Home (-6) 117. Moti Yogev - Jewish Home (-6) 120. Nisan Slomiansky - Yisrael Beiteinu (-8)  
Who Showed Up to Vote on Social Issues and Who Did Not?
Highest Percentage of Vote Attendance:   
Lowest Percentage of Vote Attendance: