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Israeli parliament to vote on contentious Nation State bill

Israeli parliament to vote on contentious Nation State bill

"Why are you so afraid of Arabic?"

According to the Haaretz, "The [nation-state] law also includes clauses stating that a "united Jerusalem" is the capital of Israel and that Hebrew is the country's official language". Instead, it focused nearly exclusively on Israel's character as a home for the Jewish people.

They wrote: "The defining characteristic of a modern democracy is its promise to protect the rights of all people". The version of the law that was passed was significantly better than the original proposed bill.

'Today, I will have to tell my children, along with all the children of Palestinian Arab towns. that the state has declared that it does not want us here, ' Odeh said in a statement later.

Arabic was an official language of the State of Israel for 70 years, 2 months, and five days.
"It will fall to future leaders to rectify the damage and return Israel to the Zionist vision that for 70 years has guided Israel's vitality, dynamism, and global reputation".

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".

Netanyahu has hailed the law as an historic moment for Israel and for the Zionist dream. Today we made it law: "This is our nation, language and flag".

The Knesset passed a bill on July 18 that declares Israel as a Jewish nation-state, which has resulted in blowback from some Jewish groups.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and his Right-wing coalition government supported the bill.

It was passed after a stormy session in the Knesset that lasted more than eight hours.

"The fact that the law presents the right to auto-determination as a right that only applies to Jews is the product of a mentality that is outdated and discriminatory", it said.

"The "Jewish Nation-State" [law] officially legalizes apartheid and legally defines Israel as an apartheid system", Erekat tweeted from the PLO Negotiation Affairs Department account. Long live the state of Israel'.

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Criticism of the bill came swiftly.

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee, also said the law breaches global regulations.

"It's a tremendous blow to democracy because by law it gives dominance to one ethnic group over another and it doesn't even add protection for the minorities", said Galia Golan, a political scientist at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv.

The Association for Civil Rights (ACRI) in Israel, along with numerous other NGOs, criticized the law as well.

American Jewish organizations also expressed their disapproval.

"This is a sad and unnecessary day for Israeli democracy", said Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

"Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people, which honours the individual rights of all its citizens", he said.

The law is intentionally vague at times.

There is nothing wrong with, and indeed I support, Israel being a state for the Jewish people but that can not come at the expense of its non-Jewish citizens and other minorities.

Another piece of controversial legislation aimed at removing and restricting online content defined by the authorities as inciting against Israel was withdrawn at the last-minute Wednesday by Netanyahu.

But, they could have far reaching implications for Israel's non-Jewish minority, weakening the rights of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and delegitimizing those in Israel who defend them. This law simply corrects a long overdue injustice and enshrines this very basic and fundamental principle.


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