Israeli Arab deputy resigns against law defining Israel as nation-state of Jews

Arab Israeli MP Zuheri Bahlul today announced his resignation from parliament in protest against the law that defines Israel as a “nation-state of the Jewish people,” which it considers “discriminatory against the Arabs”

When the Knesset [Israeli parliament] break comes to an end, the resignation will be effective and I promise I will not sit down again in this Knesset,” Bahlul, a Palestinian his creation in 1948, a member of the center-left Zionist Union group.

Asked if this was not a very drastic decision, the deputy, a well-known former sports commentator, replied that “the drastic was the approval of the Nation-State law, which puts the Arab population in an official and constitutional form, out of the realm of equality in Israel “.

Former Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog hailed Bahlul’s position, arguing that “the voices of minorities in Israel have to be heard,” according to state television news Kan.

The nation-state law, with a constitutional weight, which states that only Jews have the right to self-determination in Israel has recently been approved, triggering harsh criticism of Israeli minorities, the international community and Jewish groups in the diaspora.

Last Sunday, leaders of the Druze community – with more than 130,000 people in Israel, who are in compulsory military service and who feel a special bond with the country – have appealed to the Supreme Court against the law, which they “extreme act” of discrimination against minorities.

Some ministers have assured the Druze community that they will propose amendments to the law to take into account members of this minority.

The law passed by the Israeli Parliament, with the support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, declares that the establishment of “Jewish locations is of national interest” and makes Hebrew the only official language of the country, a status which previously also covered Arabic .

The Druze, who live mainly in Galilee, northern Israel, speak Arabic and profess a faith derived from a very heterodox Islam.

The law, which falls under the category of basic laws that serve as the Constitution in Israel, also proclaims that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, including the Palestinian part of the city annexed by the Jewish state.

The UN has never recognized this annexation.

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