Israel adopts controversial Jewish nation-state law

Larry Hoffman
July 25, 2018

"Israel" is the nation-state of the Jewish people".

Describing it as racist legislation and advocate of an official apartheid system, the presidential aide said: "It is the last nail in the coffin of the two-state solution".

"Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People", declares that "Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it".

Thus, he called on the global community to unite in pressurising Israel to abolish the cruel and racial law and to give equal treatment to the minority races in the country.

My response: "the constant and on-going vilification of Zionism on the world stage - the denial of the Jewish people's rightful claim to national self-determination in its Divinely Promised land - has understandably and justifiably met its proper response, enshrined in Law: "We have come home!" They are mostly Palestinians and their descendants who remained in place after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The new law has also downgraded the Arabic language to the one with special status, according to the reports. He says the new law excludes the words equality and democracy.

"The Nationality Law does not make us second class citizens - on the contrary, it complements the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, and does not contradict it". It remains to be seen wher democratic character defended by its founding fars, with David Ben Gurion at head, is preserved after that new law proclaiming a nation state only for Jews.

Israel's parliament has passed a controversial law characterising the country as principally a Jewish state, fuelling anger among its Arab minority.

The issue is the latest source of tension between Israel and Turkey, one of the Jewish state s few key Muslim partners. He called its approval a "decisive moment" in Israeli history.

In addition to condemning the expulsion decision of Israel, the motion expressed the "solidarity" of parliament with the Palestinian people.

Jewish Israeli peace activists also protested the bill by unfurling a large black flag in the Knesset.

The law does not, notably, say that Palestinian and other non-Jewish citizens of Israel are entitled to equal treatment under the law. "They want to get rid of the Arabs totally", said Yousef Faraj, 53, from the nearby Druze village of Yanuh.

The law had drawn criticism by a wide range of NGOs and rights groups as a racist bill that would divide the society. I called it "a source of inspiration to believe in ideals that transformed us from Jews to Israelis".

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