Israel Passes New Laws to Discriminate Against Arabs

  • tokugawa

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    Mar 28, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    'Nakba Bill' passes Knesset in third reading
    By REBECCA ANNA STOIL, The Jerusalem Post
    03/23/2011 09:17

    New law would penalize local authorities, state-funded bodies for denying Israel as Jewish, democratic state; Admissions Committee Law passes.

    The Knesset approved two controversial laws slammed by left-wing legislators and activists as unfairly targeting Israeli Arabs during a late plenum session on Tuesday night (3-22-2011). But while some coalition MKs were happy to claim victory, civil rights organizations promised that at least one of the two bills would face a Supreme Court challenge.

    source: http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=213396

    From the Association for Civil Rights in Israel:

    The Nakba Law: Government Bureaucrats Dictating One Truth

    The Nakba Law, officially titled “Budget Principles Law (Amendment 39) – Reducing Budgetary Support for Activities Contrary to the Principles of the State,” will enable a committee of bureaucrats from the Ministry of Finance to fine municipalities, public institutions, or publicly supported organizations – if they believe that these bodies oppose the interpretation of the term “Jewish and democratic State,” express feelings of mourning related to the Israeli Independence Day or the Nakba, or violate the symbols of the State. ...

    ... the law will limit specific forms of expression, while attempting to dictate one ideological and historical truth: “This bill severely damages freedom of political expression, freedom of artistic expression, and freedom of protest, which are all basic rights and are essential to the very existence of a democracy.”

    Furthermore, the bill seeks to single out and mark Israel’s Arab citizens as dangerous and disloyal to the State if they seek to express their own narrative and interpretation of historical events. The bill completely ignores the State’s duty to recognize ethnic-national minority groups, their culture, and their narrative, as part of their right to cultural independence.


    Acceptance to Communities Bill: Legally Anchoring Discrimination

    The second bill passed is the Acceptance to Communities Bill, which will anchor discrimination and separatism in Israeli law by creating acceptance committees to villages of up to 400 family units in the Negev and Galilee regions.

    In a legal opinion sent to Members of Knesset, ACRI attorney Gil Gan-Mor noted that in the majority of these communal villages and their expansions, life is not “communal” as it were; and yet the law will enable discrimination in acceptance to these villages based on the vague criteria of “fitting with the life of the community” or “fitting with the social fabric.” Based on these criteria, the committees currently reject “unwanted” communities that wish to live in the village – such as Arabs, single parents, disabled persons, same-sex couples, Mizrachi Jews, religious people, and so on.

    According to Attorney Gil Gan-Mor: “The racist, anti-Arab rhetoric used by some of the promoters of this bill is shameful, but it’s important for the public to understand that any one of us could be targeted by this bill. Israeli legislators are about to sacrifice equality and the right of every person to choose their place of residence – in favor of the extra-rights of the residents of these wealthy communities, who wish to “select” new residents on public lands.

    source: http://www.acri.org.il/en/?p=1805
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:07 PM GMT
    Should this come as a shock?
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    True_Blue_Aussie saidShould this come as a shock?


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    No its not a shock coming from the far right ZIONISTs who are now in charge of Israel, Hell even the Jewish writer David Remnick Editor of the New Yorker, has written articles about how the far right ZIONISTS Lieberman and Netanyahu are going in a direction away from peace with the Palestinians. Its a trend affecting a lot of things in Israel right now.
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    Mar 29, 2011 7:39 AM GMT
    tokugawa said
    New law would penalize local authorities, state-funded bodies for denying Israel as Jewish, democratic state; Admissions Committee Law passes.


    Don't like the sliver of land that wants to be JEWISH and DEMOCRATIC? Then move next door to one of many giant neighboring countries that reinforces ISLAMIC rule and probably has NO DEMOCRACY. Problem solved!icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 29, 2011 10:58 AM GMT
    tokugawa saidAccording to Attorney Gil Gan-Mor: “The racist, anti-Arab rhetoric used by some of the promoters of this bill is shameful, but it’s important for the public to understand that any one of us could be targeted by this bill. Israeli legislators are about to sacrifice equality and the right of every person to choose their place of residence – in favor of the extra-rights of the residents of these wealthy communities, who wish to “select” new residents on public lands.


    Meanwhile in most Muslim countries, you cannot go into the country if you have traveled to Israel. But oh that's not discrimination. Nope, not at all.
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    Mar 29, 2011 3:30 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON said
    tokugawa said
    New law would penalize local authorities, state-funded bodies for denying Israel as Jewish, democratic state; Admissions Committee Law passes.


    Don't like the sliver of land that wants to be JEWISH and DEMOCRATIC? Then move next door to one of many giant neighboring countries that reinforces ISLAMIC rule and probably has NO DEMOCRACY. Problem solved!icon_cool.gif


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    Jake !! you seem to miss the whole point !! Israel due to the influences of ZIONIST FAR RIGHT FANATICS are acting and accomplishing undemocratic policies. You seem to have a basic misunderstanding of the democratic process, being critical of wrongdoing by FANATICS in Isreal is part of the democratic process, it doesn't mean the speaker hates Israel or the Jews.

    Its time you understand Jake that everything Israel does isn't right, ZIONIST FANATICS are fucking up the peace for Israel, not the ones calling them out. The Fanatics want their cake and they want to eat it too, they've gone so far in their "SHITZPAH" that they've exposed themselves as not seeking peace in good faith. Such laws as what this topic exposes, shows that the fanatics are in charge, not the clear thinking and fair minded everyday jewish people. I rather doubt that you'd be for more settlement building while trying to negotiate peace, I doubt you'd vote for these policies if you had the vote.
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    Mar 29, 2011 6:48 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON said
    tokugawa said
    New law would penalize local authorities, state-funded bodies for denying Israel as Jewish, democratic state; Admissions Committee Law passes. ...


    Don't like the sliver of land that wants to be JEWISH and DEMOCRATIC?


    Isn't freedom of speech a core value of a democratic state?

    Isn't equal justice under law a core value of a democratic state?

    If Libya passes a law stating that Libya is a democratic state, does that make Libya a democratic state?
  • Webster666

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    Mar 30, 2011 1:09 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair saidThey have so many laws that discriminate against Palestinians and Israeli Arabs. I still can't believe our American government helping and giving them our money for that hate law and illegal Israeli occupation.




    A) It's legal
    B) The only thing that Israel is making mandatory is that the Arabs acknowledge the existence of Israel as a state. How is that unreasonable ?
    C) It's just a bunch of Jew haters getting their panties in a twist.