The Nation State bill puts Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state at risk and British Jews must speak up against it.
Passed last night in the Knesset, the bill declares that the Jewish people “have an exclusive right to national self-determination” in Israel, downgrades Arabic as an official language, states that advancing Jewish settlement is a national interest, but makes no mention of equality or minority rights.
This bill runs counter to Israel’s Declaration of Independence which enshrines freedom and democracy for all Israelis irrespective of their faith, race or sex.
As British Jews who enjoy the protection of our rights as a minority in the UK, we must speak up in opposition to this racist bill which turns minorities in Israel into second class citizens.
This bill is a gift to all those who seek to deny the Jewish people’s right to self-determination and endangers the future of the Jewish homeland.
First published on Yachad’s Facebook page on July 19. 2018.