declaration of independence written 70 years ago.

Parliamentarians said Arabs are advocates of just and comprehensive peace, one that respects the rights of the Palestinian people and other Arab states that still have some of their territories occupied by Israel, given that this peace respects their dignity and preserves their rights. And considering the number of discriminatory laws already on the books (from family unification, immigration, land ownership, housing discrimination, etc.), it's not a stretch to imagine any number of situations in which the courts determine "Jewish" rights to trump principles of equality once the Nation-State Law is passed.


Human rights commentators say it is the breadth of the law, though, that may ultimately be the problem.

"Strong connection between Israel and Jews worldwide is based on these values that Israel is both a Jewish and democratic state", Ben Ami said, adding concerns the bill would "weaken the strength of Israel's democracy".

The minister also called on the global community to assume its legal, political and moral responsibility and to take urgent action to stand against the newly adopted law. Erdogan has called for a summit of Muslim leaders twice in the past six months after U.S. President Donald Trump chose to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The ministry also said that the law's assertion that Jerusalem is the "complete and unified" capital of Israel has unsafe implications on the prospects for a fair resettlement for Palestinians and reviving talks between the Palestinians and Israelis.


Jeremy Ben Ami, president of J Street, a Washington liberal pro-Israel group, said the bill's objective is "to send a message to the Arab community, the LGBT community and other minorities in Israel, that they are not and never will be equal citizens".

In the first decades of the 20th century, Trachtenberg noted, Jews across Europe demanded to be a legally protected minority in the countries they resided. Lipman explains that these types of neighborhoods happen naturally; they don't have to be entrenched as a right and give people an excuse to claim that Israel is excluding Arabs. "It arms our enemies to make claims about Israel which are untrue".

"An absolute majority wants to ensure our state's Jewish character for generations to come".

The bill is controversial with proponents praising it as a cornerstone of Israeli national identity and Zionist ideals.


Kontorovich dismissed the "faux outrage" against the bill as "simply another attempt to single-out the Jewish state and hold her to a double standard". "What's good for the United Kingdom and Spain should also be good for Israel".

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