Daniel Halliday
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Is the Israeli government trying to create an apartheid state in Israel?
By passing the Nation-State Bill is Israel trying to marginalise non-Jews and drive a wedge between rights of Jewish and minority citizens?
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Codified Zionism is not quite apartheid, but legislators should remain vigilant
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Codified Zionism is not quite apartheid, but legislators should remain vigilant

Israel has too distinct a history for its laws to be compared South Africa, or its apartheid system. Apartheid grew out of Dutch and British colonial attitudes that became a part of South African legislation in the 1950’s. Israel is however a very different case, founded in 1948 at the end of the British Mandate of Palestine, the country did not have the same level of segregation that evolved from colonial slave ownership.

Israel does however have a more complex ongoing issue of aggression with their Palestinian neighbours that stems from their foundation as a state, it is therefore imperative that legislators remain vigilant for changes that may worsen this situation. Modern Israeli legislators should look out for possible follow on laws that may use the Nation-State Bill as a foundation for religious or ethnic segregation or supremacy. Although this may be just a token gesture for now, policy makers need to be observant to curtail any double-standard laws being passed using this bill as a foundation, as the argument that it is a step in the direction of Jewish supremacy laws remains a valid one.

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Israel does however have a more complex ongoing issue of aggression with their Palestinian neighbours that stems from their foundation as a state, it is therefore imperative that legislators remain vigilant for changes that may worsen this situation. Modern Israeli legislators should look out for possible follow on laws that may use the Nation-State Bill as a foundation for religious or ethnic segregation or supremacy. Although this may be just a token gesture for now, policy makers need to be observant to curtail any double-standard laws being passed using this bill as a foundation, as the argument that it is a step in the direction of Jewish supremacy laws remains a valid one.
The Israeli Nation-State Bill is declaratory and largely symbolic

The Israeli Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People (or “Nation-State Bill”) has been described as quasi-constitutional, and will not specifically change very much. It is more declarative, just asserting something legally that has been widely accepted and a basic premise in the Israeli state since its inception. It is therefore symbolic of the foundation idea on which Israel as a nation is based and that is that this region is the rightful place for the Jewish homeland.

The change in law received a longest and most serious legislative discussion of all Israeli law, being debated and revised for over a year before being passed in a majority vote. There was even some late changes to the bill following fear expressed by legal advisers that some clauses could be discriminatory, and the clauses were removed. Many other laws make mention of Jewish culture and many aspects of life are controlled by religious authorities in the country, this new bill is purely a symbol of what the state stands for and doesn’t infringe on individual’s rights.

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The Israeli Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People (or “Nation-State Bill”) has been described as quasi-constitutional, and will not specifically change very much. It is more declarative, just asserting something legally that has been widely accepted and a basic premise in the Israeli state since its inception. It is therefore symbolic of the foundation idea on which Israel as a nation is based and that is that this region is the rightful place for the Jewish homeland.
The Nation-State Bill will only serve to hurt civil rights in Israel

This controversial bill was passed with a narrow majority of 62 in favour to 55 against. The law was backed by the far right government in a bit to solidify Jewish supremacy in a country where the 20% Arab minority of Israeli citizens often speak of living as “second class citizens”. These increasingly racist policies have been criticised by Israeli members of parliament and voters alike, in what some people claim to be the sowing of apartheid seeds in Israeli law.

International concerns have also been expressed by both liberal Jewish groups, and neighbouring and regional countries such as Turkey. The bill also downplays the importance of the Arabic language in the country demoting it from an ‘official’ language of the country to ‘special status’. This has fuelled fears that it may have a negative impact and complicate the chances of a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with head of Irasl’s Arab Joint List Ayman Odeh describing it as a “law of Jewish supremacy”.

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International concerns have also been expressed by both liberal Jewish groups, and neighbouring and regional countries such as Turkey. The bill also downplays the importance of the Arabic language in the country demoting it from an ‘official’ language of the country to ‘special status’. This has fuelled fears that it may have a negative impact and complicate the chances of a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with head of Irasl’s Arab Joint List Ayman Odeh describing it as a “law of Jewish supremacy”.
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