Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Death Threats Against Druze Minister for Supporting Nationality Law

Death Threats Against Druze Minister for Supporting Nationality Law

"For the Druze public, which gives of its blood and its sons for the State of Israel, the nation-state law is spitting in our face".

Israel's parliament approved a contentious piece of legislation Thursday that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people but which critics warn sidelines minorities.

Israeli intellectual and author Yossi Klein Halevi told Al Jazeera the new law is "an unnecessarily provocative statement that will undermine the self-confidence of the Arab citizens who now feel that their place in the state of Israel is still uncertain".

Arabic from an official language alongside Hebrew received a "special status", which will allow it to be used in public institutions in the future.

Arab citizens account for some 17.5 per cent of Israel's more than eight million population and have long complained of discrimination.

Early drafts of the legislation went further in what critics at home and overseas saw as discrimination towards Palestinian citizens of Israel, who have long said they are treated as second-class citizens.

The figures were made public after a request by Peace Now and the Movement for Freedom of Information after a two-year delay.

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The speakers' remarks came during the 28th extraordinary session of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, now held in Cairo, which focuses on the latest developments in Gaza and the Palestinian territories, as well as the repercussions of the unilateral United States decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem. In an interview with Israeli Maariv newspaper, MK Hasson asked "We have no problem with the Jewish people, nor do we have a problem with the State of Israel being the home of the Jewish people, but what about us?"

Instead, it says, "The state views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation".

The Jewish Nation-State Law also specifies that the right to realize national self-determination in the State of Israel - the right to decide upon self-governance and what it looks like - is uniquely held by the Jewish people.

It is imperative that the global community forces the Jewish state to rescind its latest racist legislation. The New York Times carefully speculates that this provision could "possibly aid ... those who would seek to advance discriminatory land-allocation policies".

Condemning the law, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin criticised what he called "this racist move that amounts to erasing the Palestinian people from their homeland physically and legally".

"As a historian of European Jewry, I have to say that I find this announcement to be distressing in the extreme". The law also speaks about Jewish religious rights in Israel.

Jewish Israeli peace activists also protested the bill by unfurling a large black flag in the Knesset.

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