This shocking, racist Nation-State Law has been passed in the Knesset. It is a very sad day for Israel’s future as a democratic state. The very foundation of Israel’s democracy has received a big knock. Israel’s non-Jewish citizens have received a slap in the face by the present right-wing Israeli Government - the most right-wing illegal settler-oriented government since Israel’s establishment.
Israel’s Druze citizens, Circassians and Palestinian citizens of Israel are now, according to this law, second-class citizens by default. The law places emphasis on Israel being a Jewish State and democracy is secondary. Over time this will allow democracy and the court system to be further weakened.
The ultra-Orthodox Parties will get stronger and the interpretation of Halacha will be stricter. The “Who is a Jew” definition will also be more strictly defined according to ultra-Orthodox and Zionist Religious Orthodox criteria. After all politically they hold the balance of power of extortion over any government in power. Victims of this Nation-State Law will be Reform and Conservative Jews as well. The ultra-Orthodox political parties in the coalition do not recognize them as Jews, which means that they will also fall into the category of second-class citizens. Reform and Conservative Jews, who wish to settle in Israel may not even be recognized as Jews under the ”Law of Return”1 in the future. It will just take an amendment or two to the existing Law of Return. Leave it to the present Coalition Government. They are capable of getting a majority over almost any reactionary, racist bill they wish to legislate into law. Today non-Orthodox rabbis have no recognition and it is illegal for them to even conduct marriage ceremonies. Last week a Conservative Rabbi, Dov Hayun, was woken up at 5.30 am and taken for questioning on suspicion of marrying a couple the bride is suspected of being a mamzer 2. The LGBT community will also be second class citizens as they are considered deviants by the establishment religious parties and the Orthodox Israeli Rabbinate.
Ultra-Nationalist Zionism will become mainstream and this is akin to racism and apartheid. The present Israeli Government Coalition members may be viewed as ultra-Zionist Nationalists. This is the most insensitive, racist, coalition government that Israel has ever had and still has! They make stupid laws and hurt Israel's non-Jewish minority citizens and then after the damage done, they do a patch-up job by “Band-Aid” explanations. The government claims that this law will not affect the rights of Israel’s non-Jewish minorities. The damage was done by this superfluous law to protect Jewish sovereignty over Israel as if this was non-existent prior to this law. This law is an insult to all of Israel's non-Jewish citizens! The "divide and rule" bit will only unite Israel's minorities. Is this the new Zionism taking root? If so then Zionism is mutating into racism!
These possibilities in the future may sound surrealistic and exaggerated today, but under the Nation-State Law, anything can happen in the future at the rate this present government is trying to legislate superfluous, unnecessary, racist laws that have a potential of eroding our personal freedom. This present coalition of sycophants never fails to surprise. It will also increase the power of Orthodox Jewish religious extremists in the political arena to redefine “Who is a Jew” and also where to direct the taxpayers' money for their religious projects.
The Israeli non-Jewish minority citizens do feel that their status in Israel has taken a downgrade. The legalization of the establishment of “Jewish Only” settlements and towns is also stated in this law even though the wording to that effect had been toned down. Israel passed a controversial bill that officially defines Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people and asserts that "the realization of the right to national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish people," sparking outrage from Israel's Arab community and provoking concern from the international community.
|Zouheir Bahloul MK from Zionist Camp|
Zouheir Bahloul has resigned from the Knesset. He is a true gentleman and a great believer in coexistence He feels estranged within his native land because of this disgraceful, superfluous Nation-State Law with an ugly racist face. Zouheir speaks a beautiful, fluent Hebrew as well as Arabic, a language spoken by Israel's Arab citizens, has been downgraded by the Netanyahu shenanigan lawmakers. Despite all the Band-Aids plastered on this despicable, degrading law by the Netanyahu sycophants pathetic explanations, its ugly racist face will remain.
We, Israeli Citizens, ought to be concerned about this retrogressive, racist Nation-State Law. It opens the door to many future retrogressive amendments as mentioned earlier in this article.
- "Law of Return - Wikipedia." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_Return. Accessed 29 Jul. 2018.
- "Mamzer - Wikipedia." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamzer. Accessed 29 Jul. 2018.