Palestinian Israeli lawmaker quits Knesset over ‘racist’ nation-state law

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A Palestinian Israeli lawmaker resigned on Saturday and branded the parliament “racist” after it passed a new law which declares Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people.

The new legislation speaks of Israel as the historic homeland of the Jews and says they have a “unique” right to self-determination there. It also revokes the longstanding status of Arabic as an official language alongside Hebrew.

Zouheir Bahloul, of the opposition Zionist Union party, said he could not face telling his grandson that he remained part of the same chamber which passed the law.

“I am resigning from the Knesset,” he said on Reshet TV, in reference to Israel’s parliament.

“The nation-state law officially, constitutionally, removes the Arab population from the path of equality in Israel,” he said in Hebrew.

“Should I sit on the fence? Should I give legitimacy to this destructive, racist, extremist parliament?”

Bahloul said that his resignation would officially take effect when parliament returns from its summer recess in September, but he pledged not to reconsider in the meantime.

“I faithfully promise that I shall not go back,” he said.

After the law was approved earlier this month Arab members of parliament branded the legislation “racist” and ripped up copies of the bill in the Knesset chamber.

Palestinian and other Arab citizens make up some 17.5 percent of Israel’s more than eight million population.

The law makes no mention of equality and Israel’s democratic character, implying the country’s Jewish identity takes precedence.

Leaders of Israel’s 130,000-strong Druze Arab community, which unlike Muslims and Christians is subject to the military draft, has filed a challenge to the law with the country’s Supreme Court.

On Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Israeli Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Muafak Tarif and a retired Druze general.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu made no commitment and said that he would continue to hold consultations,” the premier’s office said in a statement

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3 replies

  1. JEWS HAS THE RIGHT TO CREATE THE JEWISH STATE —JUST LIKE ARAB STATES !!

    Editor: cut: please save us from Zionist propaganda.

    Somi: You do not understand what a ‘Jewish State’ means. A ‘Jewish State’ means privileges for one class of people over all others. It means Apartheid. It is undemocratic. We are not promoting it.

    • In Arab states such as Jordan Christians have full equal rights. New churches are being built. In fact, due to their wealth they are better off than the Muslim population. Christian rights in Saudi Arabia is another thing to be treated separately. Anyway, it cannot be compared to the ‘Jewish Nation’ now put into law in Israel.

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