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Israel’s Nationality Law Should Be Amended

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Israel’s discriminatory Nation State Law, or Nationality Law, needs to be drastically amended or replaced with equitable legislation that pays due respect to its Arab and Druze citizens, who comprise one-fifth of its population.

Passed in July 2018 at the initiation of Israel’s former prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, this controversial law is weighed heavily in favor of Jews and barely acknowledges the presence of Muslims and Christians in Israeli society.

It states that Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people and that only Jewish Israelis have a unique right to exercise self-determination. It formalizes the status of statehood symbols like the Magen David flag and the national anthem, Hatikva. It establishes “Jewish settlements as a national value.” And it recognizes Hebrew as Israel’s sole official language and downgrades Arabic to a “special status.”

To Israel’s Arab and Druze citizens, the law is an insulting slap in the face. For good reason, the Israel Democracy Institute has described it as “jingoistic” and “divisive.” The law calls into........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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