Deluge of opposition to Israel’s nation-state law builds with new court petition
Source: The Washington Post
JERUSALEM — Israel’s Arab leaders filed a petition to the high court Tuesday against a controversial new nation-state law, adding to a deluge of opposition to the act that critics brand an undemocratic betrayal of minority communities.
The petition argued that by declaring Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people alone, the law excludes the rights of its Arab citizens, who make up around 20 percent of the population.
The law, which the petition described as “racist, colonialist and illegitimate,” was passed by Israel’s parliament last month. It emphasizes the Jewish nature of the state, promotes specifically Jewish settlement and elevates the status of Hebrew over Arabic.