MSNBC: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is complex. Israel’s racist ‘nation state’ law isn’t.

A lawsuit proves that critics of the "nation state" law were right to call the bill racist


MSNBC: A court in Israel clarified something Monday with its decision to cite the country’s controversial “nation state” law: Israel has enshrined racism as one of its basic principles.

The court all but said the city couldn’t risk attracting more Arab residents — a decision that it used the “nation state” law to justify.

The lawsuit asked the northern Israeli city of Carmiel to reimburse Arab parents for the costs of driving their kids to school each day, because Arabic-language schooling isn’t available inside the city limits. In its dismissal of the case, the court all but said the city couldn’t risk attracting more Arab residents — a decision that it used the “nation state” law to justify.

I normally hate writing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict— mostly because it’s a subject that produces a black hole of misunderstandings and prompts people to ignore nuance, especially online. There’s a lot that makes that the case — but setting aside the anti-Semitism against Israelis, the violence carried out over the last 70 years, the blockade of Gaza and the resulting humanitarian crisis, and everything else that makes this issue so contentious, we should be able to agree on one thing: The court’s decision is racist.

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It proves that critics of the “nation state” law were right to call the law racist when it was narrowly passed in 2018. The act is one of what are known as Israel’s “basic laws,” measures that serve as de facto articles in the state’s unfinished constitution. These laws form the underpinning of the government — most involve the structure of the organs of the state. (The 1992 Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty is special in that its text mandates that its provisions supersede any other law that might violate it.)

Under the terms of the “nation state” law, “the right to exercise national self-determination” in Israel is “unique to the Jewish people” — meaning only Jews can decide the makeup of the state and society, blocking out the nearly 2 million Arabs who call Israel their home. It also declares that the “state views Jewish settlement as a national value and will labor to encourage and promote its establishment and development.”  read more…

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  1. A good commentary marred by a few words that have very strange implications:
    “…setting aside the anti-Semitism against Israelis,…”
    There are three groups of Israelis that have been semites for many generations:
    (1) Arabs (both Christian and Muslims) whose ancestors have inhabited the Israëli prts of Palestine for hundreds and thousands of years,
    (2) Recent Jewish immigrants mostly from Ethiopia, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen and the Maghreb, and
    (3) Bedouins and Druze groups.
    Otherwise, the majority of Israëli citizens stems from Indo-European speakers out of Greater Persia, French, The Tsars’ Russia, Germany and English-speaking immigrants (plus some Hungarians). Thus. the majority are of Germanic descent, their language a Germanic dialect (Yiddish). The majority of the World’s jews have not been “Semitic” since the times prior to Alexander the Great, i.e. for some 2400 years.
    Calling hate and discrimination against Israëli Jews “Anti-Semitism” is thus far off the mark.
    The myth about Jews being “Semites” was invented in France and Germany almost 200 years ago and should now be discontinued.

  2. What do Israelis really think of the “goyim” ?
    Let’s ask Menachem Begin: A wanted terrorist whom lat”Our race is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as
    different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact,
    compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best.
    Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over
    the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a
    rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves.” –
    Israeli prime Minister Menachem Begin in a speech to the Knesset [Israeli
    Parliament] quoted by Amnon Kapeliouk, “Begin and the Beasts,” New
    Statesman, June 25, 1982er became the PM of Israel:

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