IT IS no mean feat to be celebrating 65 years of Israel’s independence as a Jewish and democratic state. A series of wars and armed conflicts, numerous acts of terrorism and a global campaign to delegitimize Israel’s existence as a national homeland for the Jewish people are just some of the external threats to the Jewish people’s right to self-determination.

But there is also an internal threat to the Zionist dream of an Israel that would be a light onto the nations, founded on the universal values of “freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel,” as stated in the Declaration of Independence. That threat is Jewish racism, directed at excluding Israeli Arabs from the public sphere.

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