Israel passes controversial "Jewish nation-state" law

Israel passes controversial

Israel passes controversial "Jewish nation-state" law

Palestinians have long demanded to have their own state in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, which were occupied during the 1967 war. It is considered as the "law of laws" capable of overriding any ordinary legislation.

"Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people, which respects the individual rights of all its citizens".

Arab leaders called for worldwide intervention against the Israeli government Thursday after it passed landmark legislation harming the status of the Arab minority and raising comparisons to apartheid.

It described the law in a statement as "colonial, anti-democratic, racist in content and has the features of apartheid".

Also approved Tuesday was the so-called Breaking the Silence Law, which prevents individuals and groups that promote political action against the State of Israel or prosecution of Israeli soldiers overseas from speaking in Israeli schools. "The question of what exactly is considered "political activity against the State of Israel" will now need to be clarified in court cases".

"The law of nationalism is the last nail in the coffin of the so-called Israeli democracy, which has been dying in recent years because of its suffering from chronic racist diseases that have been afflicted with fascism and directed to Apartheid through the legislation of this law", they said.

"Long live the State of Israel", Netanyahu said on social media, in a statement that points out most of the elements of the law that don't make any significant changes. It proclaims "the state of Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people" and "the actualization of the right of national self-determination in the state of Israel is unique to the Jewish people".

"By defining sovereignty and democratic self-rule as belonging exclusively to the Jewish people Israel has made discrimination a constitutional value and has professed its commitment to favouring Jewish supremacy as the bedrock of its institutions", he said. With Donald Trump in the White House, they also have a United States president who is sympathetic to the country's far right.

"The law did not bring anything new because the same situation already exists in Israel since the founding of the state".

Israel was established as a refuge and a homeland for the Jewish people - the bill merely codifies that reality. For the one in five Israeli citizens who are Arab-Palestinian, consent has effectively been removed from their governance. The law stands to justify the difference between the realization of basic rights between Jews and non-Jews as a legitimate distinction and not as an invalid discrimination.

Ahmed Majdalani, a senior PLO official in Ramallah, said that the nation-state law "exposed the true face of the state of terrorism, fascism and racism".

"Do we want to support the discrimination and exclusion of men and women based on their ethnic origin?"

American Jewish organizations also expressed their disapproval of the law.

She added: "As British Jews who enjoy the protection of our rights as a minority, we must speak up in opposition to this racist bill which turns minorities in Israel into second class citizens..."

Israel has no constitution but instead passed over time a series of Basic Laws which have constitutional status.

"This is an evil law", he said, adding that "a black flag hovers over it".

While much of the law merely cements day-to-day practices of life in Israel, it also breaks new and controversial ground.

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