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Destroying Democracy

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07.05.2018

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday cut off the branch from which human rights in Israel grow. The Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty, which was passed in 1992, will become a dead letter if the government completes the process it launched Sunday and brings the “override clause” legislation, which the ministers approved Sunday, to the Knesset.

The bill approved by the committee, which was submitted as a private member’s bill by Knesset members Nissan Slomiansky and Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi), states that the Knesset will be able to enact laws that violate human rights enshrined in the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty in a disproportionate fashion. If the law passes with a regular majority of only 61 MKs, and it explicitly declares that it was enacted........

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