Druze army vets campaign against Israel's Jewish state law

Druze army vets campaign against Israel's Jewish state law

Israeli Arab leaders on Tuesday filed a almost 60-page-long petition against the newly enacted Jewish Nation-State law, calling the legislation "racist, massively harmful to fundamental human rights" and in contradiction to global law. Israel's nationalist government says the recently passed law merely reinforces the country's Jewish character.

In a almost 60-page petition, the petitioners maintain that the Israeli Supreme Court must annul the Jewish Nation-State Basic Law as it is racist legislation that contradicts all norms of worldwide law.

Israel has come under global criticism since passing the Basic Law, which has also come to be known as the "Jewish Nation-State" law. Opponents say the law legitimizes discrimination against Israeli Arabs, who make up roughly 20 percent of the population. "[The law also] demotes Arabic from its previous status as an official language and declares that Arabic will not be an official language in this land for the first time in modern history".

The Basic Laws of Israel are the constitutional laws that can only be changed by a super-majority vote in the Israeli Knesset, hence the constitutional underpinning of the Israeli justice system.

"Any law that denies Palestinians their civil and national rights is racist, colonialist and illegitimate", it said. "For Netanyahu, we are second-class citizens, not equal members in a democracy that works for the benefit of all its citizens".

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On Saturday, tens of thousands opposing the law had demonstrated against it in Tel Aviv, calling for its annullement to ensure equality for Israel's non-Jewish minorities.

Druze leaders, including three MKs, were first to demand the High Court strike down the "extremist" law.

Israeli Minister of Justice, Ayelet Shaked, warned of an "earthquake" that would occur, in the case that the Israeli High Court of Justice decides to overturn the controversial Jewish Nation-State law.

Israel's justice minister, Ayelet Shaked, said on Sunday that any move by the High Court to overturn the nation-state law would lead to "an natural disaster, a war between the authorities", Haaretz reported.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday said he intends to form a special ministerial committee in his bid to appease the Druze community's outrage over the law. Critics of the law raised concerns that it will permit the exclusion of various populations, based on nationality or religion, and allow the illegal establishment of Jewish settlements and communities only.

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