Translation from Hebrew: Adina Vogel Ayalon
The Basic Law: Israel – The Nation State of the Jewish People was in the Knesset’s legislative "pipeline" for a number of years, and it was approved in its third reading only at the end of last Knesset session – even then, only after extensive changes were made to the bill. The great protest that the law instigated, as well as the Prime Minister's claims that the legislation does not harm minorities and does not change anything, requires a clause-by-clause review of this law: what has changed and how, and are Israeli citizens – Jews and non-Jews – harmed as a result of the approval of this law.
Dr. Adam Shinar, of the Harry Radzyner Law School at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, analyzed the law
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The symbols of the state
The capital of the state
Ingathering of the exiles
Connection to the Jewish people
Independence Day and memorial days
Days of rest and sabbath
"As a rule," concludes Dr. Shinar, "the law excludes non-Jews, since this is a law that deals only with Jews and establishes their political superiority. No less important than what is in the law is what is not there: a promise of equality and democracy. "
After Shinar's analysis, it is almost impossible to say that the new Basic Law does not adversely affect the status of all non-Jewish citizens in Israel. The Prime Minister's insinuations that the law does not adversely affect non-Jews serving in the army, for example, are inconsistent with the wording of the law that he supported at its approval.
It is quite possible that this is a law that will enter the history books, as so many among right-wing politicians declared immediately after its ratification. It is not at all certain, however, that this law will be recorded in history as a positive thing.