(photo credit: Ariel Jerozlimski )
The Knesset was expected to approve two controversial laws slammed by left-wing
legislators and activists as unfairly targeting Israeli Arabs, during a late
plenum session on Tuesday night.
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The Admission Committees Law, sponsored
by Israel Beiteinu MK David Rotem and Kadima MKs Shai Hermesh and Yisrael
Hasson, would formalize the establishment of admission committees to review
potential residents of Negev and Galilee communities that have fewer than 400
Although such committees existed even before the bill was
passed, the bill formalizes the compilation of such committees, and also legally
empowers the committees to reject candidates if they do not meet certain
The second controversial legislation is the so-called “Nakba
Bill,” sponsored by MK Alex Miller (Israel Beiteinu). The reworked version of
the law discussed at the plenum on Tuesday night would require the state to fine
local authorities and other state-funded bodies for holding events marking Nakba
(“catastrophe”) Day on Independence Day, supporting armed resistance or racism
against Israel, or desecrating the state flag or national
According to the law, any state-funded body that sponsored such
an event would be forced to pay three times its sponsorship cost in fines
deducted from its operating budget. If the same body were to violate the law
again in the ensuing two years, it would pay a double fine.
are supported by the coalition and were expected to pass, but third-reading
votes had not yet taken place by press time.