ADL raises alarm over Israeli democracy after nation-state bill

Source: The Times of Israel

Right-wing Jewish activists protest outside a joint ceremony for families of Israeli and Palestinian victims on Israeli Memorial Day, in Tel Aviv on April 21, 2015. The flag reads 'The land of Israel only for the people of Israel'. (Tomer NeubergFlash90)

Right-wing Jewish activists protest outside a joint ceremony for families of Israeli and Palestinian victims on Israeli Memorial Day, in Tel Aviv on April 21, 2015. The flag reads ‘The land of Israel only for the people of Israel’. (Tomer NeubergFlash90)

The Anti-Defamation League on Thursday added its voice to a growing chorus of disapproval over Israel’s controversial Jewish nation-state law, saying the new legislation raises concerns about Israel’s commitment to its democratic nature, and calling for the law not to be used to discriminate against minorities.

“We are troubled by the fact that the law, which celebrates the fundamental Jewish nature of the state, raises significant questions about the government’s long-term commitment to its pluralistic identity and democratic nature,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO, and Carole Nuriel, Israel director of the watchdog group, in a statement.

“Israel has an obligation to ensure that, in practice, this Basic Law is not used to discriminate against minorities, particularly its Arab citizens, and that the state maintains its commitment to improve relations between Jews in Israel and those around the world,” they said.

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