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Knesset rejects bill to ensure full equality between all Israeli citizens

MEMO | September 18, 2020

The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has rejected a bill presented by Yousef Jabareen on behalf of the Arab Joint List intended to ensure full equality for all of Israel’s citizens, regardless of their ethnicity or religious affiliation.

Jabareen presented his bill in advance of the 20th anniversary of the Aqsa Intifada, which has became a cornerstone in the collective consciousness of Israel’s Arab citizens, who make up 20 per cent of the population. They suffer from institutional discrimination, exclusion and hostility.

Despite the bill highlighting the need for human rights and democracy to be available to all in the Zionist state, it was rejected by a majority of the ruling coalition and opposition parties.

“What I am proposing to you is first and foremost a peace treaty between the state and its Arab citizens, before addressing what is beyond its borders,” Jabareen told the right-wing MKs who attacked his proposed legislation. “Peace with Arab citizens is realised when the state secures their equal status in their home.”

The text of the bill emphasised that democratic principles should be applied to all citizens in the state: “Israel is a democratic state that guarantees equal rights, based on the principles of human dignity, freedom and equality, in the spirit of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights” while providing that “the state ensures equal and legal protection for all citizens, and fully guarantees national, cultural, linguistic and religious specificity to both Arabs and Jews.” It stressed that Arabic and Hebrew are the official languages of the state, and both have equal status in all posts and workplaces of the legislative, executive and judicial authorities.”

The parliamentarians of “the only democracy in the Middle East” rejected the bill, thus cementing further the apartheid nature of the Zionist state and highlighting the racist nature of its founding ideology.

September 18, 2020 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Uh-huh. No surprise there.

    Excellently reported! (The [Zio]emperor has no clothes. Ugggghly.)

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by roberthstiver | September 18, 2020 | Reply

  2. “Despite the bill highlighting the need for human rights and democracy to be available to all in the Zionist state, it was rejected by a majority of the ruling coalition and opposition parties”.

    Despite its claims that Israel “is the only Democracy in the Middle East” Israel is, as Jimmy Carter claims, an Apartheid State. The Palestinians are treated with utter contempt by the Jewish Majority. It is an appallingly disgraceful the way “Jewish Israeli’s” treat their Palestinian “brothers”….

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by brianharryaustralia | September 18, 2020 | Reply

  3. The right to the land of Palestine is based on a theistic covenant. Since the state of Israel draws on the UN for authority and the UN only recognises human rights, it’s claim to territory is essentially an atheistic one, despite being made in the name of the Jews.

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    Comment by Theo102 | September 19, 2020 | Reply

    • The Zionists are nothing if not clever and opportunistic and focused. It is that last that has put them on the “winning” path: psychotic focus. Woe be unto us…we’re all Palestinians now.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by roberthstiver | September 20, 2020 | Reply


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