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Israeli Jewish nation-state bill is racist attack on Palestinians

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2431

Binyamin Netanyahu

Binyamin Netanyahu (Pic: US Department of Defence)

The Israeli parliament is set to pass a bill reinforcing the exclusion of Palestinians. 

The Israeli cabinet approved the bill, which explicitly describes Israel as a Jewish nation-state. 

It reserves “national rights” for Jewish people and removes Arabic as a second language.

The bill had not been approved by the Israeli parliament as Socialist Worker went to press.

Israel currently claims that there is equality for everyone, but Palestinians already suffer systematic oppression. 

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu wants to revoke the citizenship of any Palestinian and their family that resists Israel’s occupation.

Palestinians have faced severe repression since Israel’s assault on the Gaza strip in the summer.

Rabe Ghbariyeh is a Palestinian student activist in Tel Aviv. 

He told Socialist Worker, “20 percent of the state’s population are people with no rights according to Israeli law.

“This is not new for Palestinians in Israel. We live in a state that systematically oppresses the Palestinians—it’s not a new reality, it just puts it in law.” 


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Tue 25 Nov 2014, 16:14 GMT
Issue No. 2431
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