Those who insist on supporting Israel must know that they are supporting an unabashed Apartheid regime. Seventy years of Israeli Jewish supremacy, genocide, ethnic cleansing, wars, sieges, mass incarceration, numerous discriminatory laws, all aimed at the very destruction of the Palestinian people should have given enough clues that Israel was never a democracy, to begin with.
Unequal rights are recognized by the government as the essence of the state. Researching the economic aspect of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, some of his research topics include the international aid to the Palestinians and to Israel, the effects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories on the Israeli economy, and the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns against Israel.
His work also includes giving lectures and presentations on the economy of the occupation. Repression Beyond Exploitation, has been published by Pluto Press. In the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, passed a controversial law: The Prime Minister Netanyahu pushed for this bill, which was originally proposed in The bill was passed just before the Knesset enters its summer recess.
Now, the state of Israel does not have a constitution, but instead a series of basic laws which form the foundation of the Israeli legal system. This Basic Law will declare the state of Israel as belonging to the Jewish nation, and will set Hebrew as the only official language; and it will put the concept of the Jewish state above the concept of democracy.
The joint Palestinian and Jewish opposition party, the United List, wrote an alternative bill last month calling for a democratic state with equal rights to all its citizens.
Now, the Presidium has only banned three bills in the history of Israel. Here is how Netanyahu presented the law just a day before the vote. The law of the nation-state; a very important law. And I hope that if not in the next few hours, then in the next few days, as we have said before, we will pass this law, which is very important, to ensure the basis of our existence, which is Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
What is this all about?
Now, Prime Minister Netanyahu has had four electoral victories for prime minister. But for this upcoming election he has very little to run on.
So does this law, passed at wee hours of the morning without much debate, have anything to do with that? Well, joining me now to discuss all of this is Shir Hever. Shir, good to have you with us.
Thanks for having me, Sharmini. But Netanyahu managed to push it through. Well, actually, there was a lot of debate taking place when the bill was first introduced in And there was a lot of opposition, because the bill is very antidemocratic, and it changes the balance, the very delicate balance, that the Israeli government has tried unsuccessfully to maintain since the founding of the state between the concept of having a Jewish state and having a democracy.
And in truth, Israel was never a democracy. But it could always pretend to be. And the problem with this bill is, for the Israeli parliament and for the Israeli government, is that the pretense is gone. It mainly focuses on symbolic issues.
And the fact, for example, of declaring Hebrew as their only language, or the only official language, is again all about the symbolism. Now, the United List proposed an alternative bill here which would have ensured equal rights for all of the citizens of Israel.
If this bill was so popular in the Knesset, why did the Presidium decide to ban it from a vote?JTA – On July 19, Israel’s right-wing coalition government passed, by a narrow margin, its controversial nation-state law, which declared Israel as the “nation-state of the Jewish. “Israel is a Jewish and democratic state, and for the sake of creating a balance and resisting those who challenge, I am determined to advance my version of the nation-state law,” Netanyahu said in , as various factions battled over different versions of the bill.
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