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The Law Of Shame That Defies Jewish Values

Posted by BFP Staff on Jul 27, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Immigration to Israel is central to sustaining the Jewish majority and thereby the identity of the state.

By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
Last week, the Israeli Knesset passed a new basic law which in the main enshrines “Israel [as] the historical homeland of the Jewish people in which the State of Israel was established… The right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people…  Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel.”
On the surface, there is not much new in this law. Israel has been practicing its provisions for many years. Nevertheless, the law betrays Israel’s foundational document, its declaration of independence. It will severely cripple Israel’s democracy, and the argument that the new law does not tamper with Israel’s democracy and equality among all of its citizens regardless of their cultural, racial, or religious orientation is fake, misleading, and ultimately self-defeating.

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