Friday, February 22, 2019

(Yona Schnitzer/TPS) The Nation State bill, which seeks to legislate Israel’s standing as a Jewish state into law, was approved for a second and third reading on the Knesset floor by the special committee drafting the law. Supporters of the bill are working feverishly to bring the measure to a vote before the parliament breaks for the summer recess. The law was approved in the committee by an 8-7 majority.

Following the bill’s approval, MK Ahmad Tibi of the Joint List Party and an outspoken opponent  of the bill “sadly announce(d) the death of democracy. There is no doubt that the Nation State bill is the low point of diseases that plague (Israel’s) democracy. The funeral will be held today on the Knesset floor.”

The approval of the bill comes after much disagreement between members of the committee surrounding issues such as the legal establishment of Jewish-only communities, as well as the legal standing of the Sabbath.

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