Israel is the nation state of Jewish people only, Israeli high court rules

arifkarim

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)

High Court rejects petitions against Nation-State Law​

HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE President Esther Hayut hears a petition at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90)

HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE President Esther Hayut hears a petition at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem
(photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90)

The High Court explained the verdict, saying that it is not within its purview to order the law be cancelled or be involved in its content.​


Israel's High Court of Justice rejected 15 petitions against the Nation-State Lawon Thursday. The court had been asked to determine if the law was fit to be a part of Israel's future constitution, given its content.

The court explained the verdict, saying that it is not within its purview to order the law be cancelled or be involved in its content. The court also commented on the intent of the law, that it is to establish the Jewish character of the state without diminishing the democratic nature of the state.
Justice George Karra was of the minority opinion, saying that some parts of the law challenge Israel's democratic nature. Karra said that the law ignoring Arab and Druzecitizens of Israel harms the principle of equality that is not explicitly established in the law.

Justice minister Gideon Sa'ar responded to the verdict saying that the nation state law is an important law that sets the essence and character of Israel as a nation state of the Jewish people. He said the supreme court did the right thing by rejecting the petitions because the law does not harm the individual rights of Israeli citizens.

Former justice minister Ayelet Shaked also praised the ruling, but said that she was disturbed that the court even discussed the possibility of overturning the basic law "removing the authority of the nation to set the character and identity of The State of Israel in the name of legal values would remove the basis of our democratic process," she warned.

Joint List faction chairman Ahmed Tibi said that the nation state law makes Jews superior in a racist manner. He said the court's decision not to overturn the law sets Israel as discriminatory.

"The High Court of Justice almost never helps the Palestinian minority in Israel on issues that go to the heart of their rights as a minority," Tibi lamented. " The high court failed once again to prevent the harm caused by the inequality of Israel's ethno-democratic regime."

NGO Adalah, a legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel, responded to the verdict, saying that the law "enshrines Jewish supremacy and racial segregation as foundational principles of the State of Israel."

"This Law is illegitimate and violates absolute prohibitions of international law. Although Adalah explicitly noted such international law violations in the petition that we filed on behalf of the Palestinian Arab leadership in Israel, the Attorney General and the Knesset decided to ignore and disregard these violations in their responses to the case."

The Nation-State Law, passed as a Basic Law, was heavily criticized for delineating Jewish national rights and symbols including the importance of “Jewish settlement,” but without any language guaranteeing the equality of all citizens, especially minorities.

Advocates of the bill argued, however, that equality for all citizens is legislated in Israel’s Basic Law: human dignity and freedom, while there had been no previous laws delineating Israel’s Jewish character.

Jeremy Sharon contributed to this report.

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arifkarim

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
You are now deported ?.
Nope. Israel still guarantees civil rights to its minorities. But not national rights. Like Norway will remain a Norwegian state regardless of its immigrants. Likewise Israel will remain a Jewish state regardless of its minorities.
 

Citizen X

President (40k+ posts)
Israel still guarantees civil rights to its minorities.
"On paper, yes many say that the reality involves pervasive discrimination and de facto segregation....

Most Arab Israelis are concentrated in a handful of Arab-majority cities that are among the poorest in the country, while those who live in mixed communities tend to reside in predominantly Arab neighborhoods. Israel’s schools are typically divided along similar lines, with separate educational systems for Arabic speakers and Hebrew speakers. For decades, critics have voiced concerns that Arab schools receive less funding and that the wide gulf between Arabs and Jews keeps Arab Israelis mired in poverty."



Not even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Israeli discrimination against its minorities including jews,
 

arifkarim

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Not even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Israeli discrimination against its minorities including jews,
In order to get proper funding, Arabs gotta join Israeli govt and divert the tax payer money to their sector. For the first time after 74 years, an Israeli Arab party joined the govt and received about 16 billion dollars for their Arab sector:

Now, how much money Pakistani Christians, Hindus, Qadianis etc are receiving from the state?
 

Citizen X

President (40k+ posts)
In order to get proper funding, Arabs gotta join Israeli govt and divert the tax payer money to their sector. For the first time after 74 years, an Israeli Arab party joined the govt and received about 16 billion dollars for their Arab sector:

Now, how much money Pakistani Christians, Hindus, Qadianis etc are receiving from the state?
Why do you keep dragging Pakistan or any other country for that matter into the mix? We are not doing a Pakistan Vs Israel comparison. This is again just plain ol' whataboutery as usual ..... but but what about this...but but what about that. This is getting real lame, real old, real fast.

If Israel is such a beacon of morality it should be able stand solely on its own merit without resorting to comparison with a poor 3rd world country.
 

arifkarim

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Why do you keep dragging Pakistan or any other country for that matter into the mix? We are not doing a Pakistan Vs Israel comparison. This is again just plain ol' whataboutery as usual ..... but but what about this...but but what about that. This is getting real lame, real old, real fast.

If Israel is such a beacon of morality it should be able stand solely on its own merit without resorting to comparison with a poor 3rd world country.
So it is completely okay to single out Israel for the sole purpose of Israel bashing? Yes, Israel has disadvantaged minorities. Yes, it is illegally occupying Palestinian territories. But it also is the only democracy in the Middle East. It just had 4 elections in 2 years because no one managed to rig elections to get required majority. People in Israel are completely free to vote, pass laws as they wish it. If current state of Israel is bad, they can make it better in future by passing good laws and canceling old bad laws as they did recently.
 

leo_pk

Senator (1k+ posts)
Pakistan, Iran etc have no problem calling themselves Islamic States. But if Israel call itself Jewish State then all hell breaks loose ?
Pakistan is an islamic country but they arent committing genocide as a national policy against their non Muslim minorities - very different from the zionists
 

arifkarim

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Pakistan is an islamic country but they arent committing genocide as a national policy against their non Muslim minorities - very different from the zionists
Pakistan hasn't occupied a foreign territory yet for far too long. The way Pakistani soldiers mistreated civilian population of East Pakistan and FATA areas, it is just a small sample of what to expect just in case Pakistan army do occupy a foreign land with large civilian population in future.