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.
As the judge says: "Karmiel is a Jewish city, designed to deepen Jewish settlement in the Galilee. Establishing an Arabic language school, or paying for bussing Arab pupils… could change the demographic balance and the city's character (currently 6% of residents are Arab)". 3/— Yair Wallach (@YairWallach) November 30, 2020
This is the Israeli Jim Crow https://t.co/GvrEWlWBBN— Mairav Zonszein מרב זונשיין (@MairavZ) November 30, 2020
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.
International Day of Solidarity with Palestine— STUC (@ScottishTUC) November 29, 2020
Today, as all should every day, we stand in solidarity with the Palestinians.
Israel's governments have been allowed to act with impunity for decades.
Illegal separation wall,
a nation-state law enshrining discrimination,
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.