Druze army vets campaign against Israel's Jewish state law

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Consequently, it's ridiculous to claim that the nation-state law undermines democracy, equality, or minority rights merely because those terms don't appear in it, given that several other Basic Laws already address these issues.

Demonstrators take part in a protest against the nation-state law in Rabin Square on August 4, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Finally, on the issue of Diaspora Jewry, she notes that the law explicitly mentions that "the state will act within the Diaspora to strengthen the affinity between the state and members of the Jewish people" and says that the language chosen to refer to activities in the Diaspora alone was to "avoid an undemocratic situation in which a constitutional "right" would effectively bind the Israeli Government to make decisions based on how they would be perceived overseas".

Regarding the collective rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and the status of the Arabic language, attorneys argue in the petition that "the Nation-State Law - in violation of global law - does not recognize any collective right of the Arabs as a homeland minority, as opposed to enshrining broad exclusive collective rights for the Jewish population, as if Jews were a minority requiring special protection". The law states that "the right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people".

The petition says that the law is "racist, massively harmful to fundamental human rights and contravenes worldwide human rights norms, especially those forbidding laws that constitute a racist constitution".

Arabs have strongly criticised the legislation, particularly those from Israel's 130,000-strong Druze community, who say it makes them second-class citizens even though, unlike other Arabs, they are subject to compulsory service in the military or police alongside Jewish Israelis.

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But critics, both at home and overseas, say it undermines Israel's commitment to equality for all its citizens outlined in the constitution.

Israel's parliament ("Knesset") held a special session on Wednesday to debate the controversial nation state law passed last month declaring the country the nation state of the Jewish people. I'm holding the first draft of the Nationality Law, which was submitted in 2011.

At least 50,000 Israelis attended a Druze-led demonstration against the law in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Saturday night.

In an interview on Monday with Army Radio, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked warned of an "earthquake" if the high court attempts to overturns the law, saying that the Supreme Court does not have the authority strike down a Basic Law on constitutional grounds. What it has is a series of Basic Laws to which the Supreme Court unilaterally accorded constitutional status.

On Sunday, two Bedouin former IDF officers also called on the High Court to either change the formulation of the law so it applies equally to all Israelis or abolish it completely.

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