Instead, a more vaguely-worded version was approved, which says: "The state views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment". 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?"
It stated that all of Israel's colonialist activities aim at foiling any attempt to establish a viable, continuous Palestinian state, and added that the "two-state solution is no longer feasible due to the ongoing Israeli obstacles and illegal policies".
"No racist law will undermine the rights of our people".
Saying that the remarks amounts to erasing the Palestinian people from their homeland physically and legally, Kalin called on the world to reject the legislation. On Sunday, Kara was contacted by the unit for VIP security who warned him about those mounting threats, and said they were considering giving him a personal security guard.
If the new law was meant to give expression to Israels national identity, it exposed and further divided an already deeply fractured society. And it downgrades Arabic from an official language to one with a "special status".
"Today we put to bed once and for all the illusion that Israel is a democracy".
"Fourteen years later, I still believe that despite all the objective and subjective difficulties, the future of Israel and its position in the family of enlightened nations will depend on our ability to realise the promise of the founding fathers as they canonised it in the Declaration of Independence". "It's really a combination of Jewish religion and Jewish nation". He called its approval a "decisive moment" in Israeli history.
The law had drawn criticism by a wide range of NGOs and rights groups as a racist bill that would divide the society.More news: Mega Millions jackpot surges to $493 million
Following the vote, Palestinian members of the Knesset shouted and tore up papers.
In the first decades of the 20th century, Trachtenberg noted, Jews across Europe demanded to be a legally protected minority in the countries they resided.
Human rights commentators say it is the breadth of the law, though, that may ultimately be the problem.
"We have joined forces across across party lines because this is an extremist move by the government against Arabic speakers, and continues the discrimination against Druze settlements and minorities, which is now anchored in a Basic Law", Sa'ad told the Ynet news site.More news: New Zealand Sevens go through day one undefeated
Constitutionally anchoring two classes of citizens - those to whom the state belongs and those to whom it doesn't - is particularly problematic when you consider that Israel doesn't have any constitutional guarantees of equality on the books.
Those points, and particularly the last one, may seem relatively innocuous, particularly when coupled with the argument that most (but not all) rights in Israel are derived from citizenship and not nationality.
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