The case for equity in Israel

What does the recent Nation-State law in Israel really mean?

Levi Gettleman, A&E Editor

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Israeli Knesset passed the Nation-State law on July 19, 2018, which reaffirms Israel as a Jewish State governed primarily by Jewish principles per Israeli News Source Haaretz.

Although this law mainly reflects values already in place, it also helps to put them in writing, and in the eyes of many, prioritizing Jewish values and the Jews of Israel over Arabs and Non-Jews.  

The law affirms Hebrew as the one language of Israel, excluding the large native Arabic-speaking population. Settlements in the West Bank have been a longstanding  point of contention, and the law means that Israel will not support Palestinian settlements in these places; only Israeli.

Ms. Dori Wuepper explains, “This really complicates the prospects of peace… not only is Israel not going to accommodate the Palestinian rights to live peacefully in the area, but Israel is going to continue to reduce the Palestinian ability to do that.”

In the words of Ms. Wendy Wands, “I am very much appalled that [the Israelis] cannot take into account that [the Palestinians] are human beings…people are people.”