Harmful revolution: the Nation-State bill's assault on equality

Should it pass, the bill will become the most important piece of legislation in the entire canon of Israeli law, on both a symbolic and practical level.

By YEDIDIA STERN
October 19, 2017 19:30
4 minute read.
‘TODAY THE State of Israel’s identification with Jewish nationhood is under attack from all sides.’

‘TODAY THE State of Israel’s identification with Jewish nationhood is under attack from all sides.’. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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THE DECLARATION of Independence, Israel’s founding document, states that the country is a “Jewish state.” This is not merely a description of a demographic reality, but a fundamental assertion of identity: a state which expresses the unique characteristics of the Jewish people. Indeed, a Jewish demographic majority exists in both Brooklyn and Beverly Hills, but the Jews in those cities are organized only along familial and communal lines; they do not function as a sovereign group that bears collective responsibility for its actions.

This is why I am an Israeli: I am not satisfied with living in exile, in a neutral space, even if it is inhabited by Jews. I thus aspire to live in a uniquely Jewish space, a nation-state, in which the Jewish people realize their desire for self-determination.

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