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Israel is officially an apartheid state

 
 
Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 09:56 am
The Israeli parliament passed a law Thursday declaring Israel to be the nation-state of the Jewish People who have the unique right of national self-determination. It makes Hebrew the official language of the nation-state while downgrading the Arabic language as having special status. It mandates the Israeli nation-state to act to encourage and promote the establishment and consolidation of Jewish settlement.

As David M. Halbfinger and Isabel Kershner write in their New York Times article, the legislation, a 'basic law' — giving it the weight of a constitutional amendment — omits any mention of democracy or the principle of equality, in what critics called a betrayal of Israel’s 1948 Declaration of Independence, which ensured 'complete equality of social and political rights' for 'all its inhabitants' no matter their religion, race or sex." They go on to state that, "the basic laws legally supersede the Declaration of Independence and, unlike regular laws, have never been overturned by Israel’s Supreme Court."

Further they note that, "its passage demonstrated the ascendancy of ultranationalists in Israel’s government, who have been emboldened by the gains of similarly nationalist and populist movements in Europe and elsewhere, as Mr. Netanyahu has increasingly embraced illiberal democracies like that of Hungary — whose far-right prime minister, Viktor Orban, arrived in Jerusalem for a friendly visit only hours before the vote."

This is a sign of the present times of fascistic nationalism as exemplified in the US by President Trump and his far-right supporters that brought him into office.

According to Jonathan Lis and Noa Landau in their Ha'aretz article, "immediately after the law passed, Arab lawmakers tore copies in protest, and were subsequently removed from the Knesset plenum hall. Lawmaker Ayman Odeh, chairman of the Joint List, released a statement saying that Israel "declared it does not want us here" and that it had "passed a law of Jewish supremacy and told us that we will always be second-class citiziens."

Lis and Landau quote Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying, "in the Middle East, only Israel respects [rights]. This is our country, the Jewish state. In recent years there have been those who have tried to undermine that and question the principles of our existence. Today we made it into law: This is the country, the language, the anthem and flag," reenforcing the charge that "rights" apply specifically to the Jewish population of Israel.

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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 10:01 am
@InfraBlue,
I was pretty horrified to hear that last night.
maxdancona
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 10:15 am
@ehBeth,
I had the same reaction. It is difficult calling Israel a modern democracy.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 10:34 am
@InfraBlue,
Ever since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin Israel has slipped closer and closer to totalitarianism. Netanyahu is a fascist who feels emboldened by another fascist, (an orange one.)

Any other administration would freeze military aid.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 01:25 pm
I'm afraid they can't unshoot themselves in the foot.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 03:18 pm
What makes it worse is that Trump and his administration, in considering the idea of a single-state solution, would abet the Israeli nation-state in its official oppression and subjugation of the Palestinian peoples.

What is required in Palestine is a single state, democratic, egalitarian and pluralistic for all of the peoples therein.
coluber2001
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 03:20 pm
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 03:29 pm
Israel passes Jewish nation law branded 'racist' by critics

New legislation defining Israel as the national home of Jewish people has sparked fears for the country’s Arab minority

Bel Trew Jerusalem

The Israeli parliament has adopted a contentious new law defining Israel as the national home of the Jewish people, that opposition MPs warn is racist to the country’s Arab minority and akin to “apartheid”.

The “nation state” bill, which holds a constitution-like status, was passed early on Thursday morning by 62 votes to 55 after a heated eight-hour debate during which opposition and Arab MPs tore up the printed text of the law, waved black flags and shouted “apartheid”.

Two lawmakers including Benny Begin, son of former Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, the founder of Israel’s ruling Likud party, abstained from voting. Begin warned of the party’s growing disconnect from human rights.

Thousands in Israel protest draft law that would ‘exclude’ Arabs
The law has bitterly divided the parliament, sparked mass protests in Tel Aviv and even drawn criticism from the country’s president and attorney-general. Several of the articles have been dubbed racist against the country’s 1.8 million Arabs, including one which downgraded Arabic from an official language to one of just “special status”, leaving Hebrew as the sole national language.

The government and Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, have said, however, that the bill merely enshrines into law the country’s existing characteristics.

The smiling premier celebrated the move and after the vote described the passage of the new law as “a pivotal moment in the annals of Zionism and the State of Israel”.

“We enshrined in law the basic principle of our existence. Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people, that respects the individual rights of all its citizens,” he told the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

Knesset member Oren Hazan takes a selfie with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the session (AP)
“This is our state – the Jewish state. In recent years there have been some who have attempted to put this in doubt, to undercut the core of our being. Today we made it law: this is our nation, language and flag.”


Amir Ohana a Likud party MP and chairman of the joint committee that promoted the bill, dismissed critics, saying minorities cannot set the agenda for the majority.

“Those who believe this law is racist are like those who think Zionism is racism,” he told the plenum.

“This moment will be remembered in the history of the Jewish nation. We are laying down one of the cornerstones of our existence … After 2,000 years of exile, we have a home.”

​Haaretz, a left-leaning paper, described Avi Dichter, a sponsor of the law and the parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee chairman, turning to Arab MPs in the final address before voting and saying: “We were here before you, and we will be here after you.”

It’s a pivotal moment in the annals of Zionism and the State of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister.

Mr Netanyahu’s government, seen as the most right-wing in the country’s history, had pushed for its approval before the parliament’s summer session ends on Sunday.

The legislation becomes part of the country’s basic laws, which serve as a de facto constitution. It could face a challenge by the Supreme Court.

Among the law’s 11 articles, the legislation says Jews have the right to self-determination in Israel; it appoints the contested city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and asserts Israel’s role preserving the cultural heritage of the Jewish diaspora.

The most controversial clause downgrades Arabic from an official language to one of just “special status”. Arabs comprise 20 per cent of Israel’s population.

Another clause sparked bitter debate as in its original form it would have legalised segregated communities. The language was altered on Wednesday, but opposition figures warned that the new wording was even worse than the original as it advances Jewish-only communities.

The final draft contains the wording: “The state sees developing Jewish settlement as a national interest and will take steps to encourage, advance, and implement this interest.”

Dov Khenin, a parliamentarian on the Joint List alliance of Arab-led parties, said the old wording at least “pretended to be neutral” as it allowed all religions to create segregated communities.

“It’s [now] stating explicitly that only Jewish communities will get priority. This is a model of undisguised racism,” he was quoted as saying by Haaretz.

On Thursday morning, opposition MPs, including Arab lawmakers, interrupted the voting results with chants of “apartheid”. They later yelled “You passed an apartheid law, a racist law,” at Mr Netanyahu as they left.

Ayman Odeh, the head of the Joint List, pulled out a black flag and waved it during his speech in parliament, warning of the implications of the law.

“This is an evil law,” he said, adding that “a black flag hovers over it”.

Today, I will have to tell my children, along with all the children of Palestinian Arab towns … that the state has declared that it does not want us here
Ayman Odeh, an Israeli-Arab MP
In a later statement he wrote that: “Today, I will have to tell my children, along with all the children of Palestinian Arab towns … that the state has declared that it does not want us here.”

Ahmed Tibi, another Arab lawmaker, later called it a “hate crime”.

Jewish organisations abroad also expressed disapproval of the law.

Demonstrators attend a rally to protest against the nation state bill in Tel Aviv on 14 July (AFP/Getty)
The American Jewish Committee, a group representing the Jewish diaspora, said it was “deeply disappointed,” saying the law “put at risk the commitment of Israel’s founders to build a country that is both Jewish and democratic”.

Jerry Silverman, CEO of Jewish Federations of North America, a powerful lobby group, even flew to Israel to discuss the more contentious parts of the law of with Mr Netanyahu earlier this week.

Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, called it a “dangerous and racist law” that “officially legalises apartheid and legally defines Israel as an apartheid system”.

Reuven Rivlin, Israel’s president, a largely symbolic role, made a rare intervention in politics earlier this month to raise his concern.

The legislation “could harm the Jewish people worldwide and in Israel and could even be used as a weapon by our enemies”, he wrote in an open letter.

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livinglava
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 04:28 pm
What should Israelis do about the attacks, such as the ones I've read about recently where fire bombs are tied to balloons, kites, and living birds to set fire to trees, etc.?

Open borders and free migration are an ideal, imo, but I don't see how you can give up borders as a tool for crime-fighting until people uniformly choose peace over terrorism.

The real question is what does it take to end terrorism so we can start having a more open and inclusive world?
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 04:54 pm
@livinglava,
The Israelis need to end their oppression of the Palestinian peoples. The violence against them is a reaction to that.
livinglava
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 05:09 pm
@InfraBlue,
Wasn't the creation of Israel as a Jewish state in Palestine a reaction to oppression of Jewish people during the holocaust and before?
coldjoint
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 10:06 pm
@InfraBlue,
Quote:
The Israelis need to end their oppression of the Palestinian peoples. The violence against them is a reaction to that

The violence against the Jews is religiously inspired. The claim of who owns what is just a distraction and an excuse. Muhammad died cursing the Jews. It is Islam that will never allow peace, and that is what matters to the Palestinians. They are no better than terrorists because they are terrorists.
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coldjoint
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 10:12 pm
@izzythepush,
Quote:
Ever since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin Israel has slipped closer and closer to totalitarianism.

Ever since they jailed Tommy Robinson the UK has slipped closer to totalitarianism. They are in the fascist stage now.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 10:22 pm
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:
Israel is officially an apartheid state
Your antisemitism is sickening.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 10:23 pm
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:
It is difficult calling Israel a modern democracy.
I have no difficulties doing so.

Israel is a Jewish state. If people there wish to fit in, they should consider converting to Judaism. If they have no wish to fit in, they should consider leaving.
oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 10:24 pm
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:
The Israelis need to end their oppression of the Palestinian peoples. The violence against them is a reaction to that.
Israel is not oppressing anyone.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 10:28 pm
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:
What makes it worse is that Trump and his administration, in considering the idea of a single-state solution, would abet the Israeli nation-state in its official oppression and subjugation of the Palestinian peoples.
Not letting Palestinians invade Israel and murder innocent people is hardly oppression or subjugation.

InfraBlue wrote:
What is required in Palestine is a single state, democratic, egalitarian and pluralistic for all of the peoples therein.
Sorry. Foreigners don't get to vote in other countries' elections.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 21 Jul, 2018 01:14 am
@oralloy,
oralloy wrote:
InfraBlue wrote:
Israel is officially an apartheid state
Your antisemitism is sickening.
Apartheid isn't identical with antisemitism.

oralloy wrote:
Israel is a Jewish state. If people there wish to fit in, they should consider converting to Judaism. If they have no wish to fit in, they should consider leaving.
So you advocate that all minority religion Israeli citizens - roughly 2.5 million - have to go elsewhere?
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 21 Jul, 2018 03:18 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Oralloy's definition of anti Semitism begins and ends with unthinking support of Israel. He's quite happy with Holocaust denial. A fellow far right extremist, Carlos Le Baron, constantly denied the Holocaust. I pointed this out to Oralloy with links and he refused to criticise Le Baron, or even point out that the Holocaust happened.

Oralloy is the real anti Semite and his anti Semitism, like his embrace of Nazi ideology, is truly disgusting.
oralloy
 
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Reply Sat 21 Jul, 2018 03:46 am
@izzythepush,
izzythepush wrote:
Oralloy's definition of anti Semitism begins and ends with unthinking support of Israel.
It is wrong for you to falsely accuse Jews of horrible crimes.

izzythepush wrote:
He's quite happy with Holocaust denial.
Liar.

izzythepush wrote:
A fellow far right extremist, Carlos Le Baron, constantly denied the Holocaust. I pointed this out to Oralloy with links and he refused to criticise Le Baron, or even point out that the Holocaust happened.
Liar.

izzythepush wrote:
Oralloy is the real anti Semite and his anti Semitism, like his embrace of Nazi ideology, is truly disgusting.
Liar.
 

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