Tibi bills rejected for denying Israel as Jewish state

January 16, 2012 17:50


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Two bills by MK Ahmad Tibi (UAL-Ta’al) were disqualified by the Knesset Presidency on Monday for undermining Israel’s existence as the state of the Jewish people.

The first bill, titled "Al-Quds, the capital of Palestine," is meant to to anchor Jerusalem as the "beating heart of Palestine" religiously, culturally, historically and diplomatically, through legislation, according to its explanatory section.

On Sunday, Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon wrote to the presidency on Sunday that the bill declaring Jerusalem as the Palestinians' capital clearly undermines Israel's existence as the state of the Jewish people, and may be disqualified by the Knesset Presidency.

The Knesset presidency is made up of Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin and his deputies. Every Monday, the forum review bills that may be brought to a vote that week. The Knesset presidency may reject bills that are racist or reject Israel as a Jewish and\or democratic state; however, they rarely do so, unless they are instructed otherwise by the Knesset legal adviser.

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