New Basic Law bill would cement the ‘Jewish nature’ of the ‘national homeland’

New Basic Law bill would cement the ‘Jewish nature’ of the ‘national homeland’

from Mondoweiss by Paul Mutter

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From Ynet, “Knesset mulls ‘Jewish state’ bill: Members of Knesset Dichter, Elkin present House with bill which aims to cement Israel’s Jewish nature in Basic Laws.” MK Elkin told Ynet:

“It is high time we cemented Israel’s Jewish nature and symbols by law, especially given the constant attempts by anti-Zionist elements to disavow the country’s Jewish and Zionist elements, which were once a given.”

“This is the time to clearly declare that the State of Israel is the national homeland of the Jewish people and this is our basic right.”

Of the 61 votes neccesary to make the legislation a Basic Law of Israel, 42 votes have already reportedly been secured through the efforts of Likud and Kadima MPs who sponsored the bill.

The bills’ sponsors are saying that in giving “constitutional status to State symbols,” the bill “will cement an existing situation by law.”

The “existing situation” of Israel’s fundamental character is anything but cemented – but with this bill, the right hopes to not merely defend Israel from her detractors, but to make criticizing Israel’s “Jewish character” a matter of state security (such a law would presumably make it impossible for anyone to seriously advocate a bi-national solution, as that would impugn the “Jewish character” of Israel).

And, regarding the question of dissent, this Knesset has already passed an anti-BDS law to criminalize “delegitimizers” and proposed legislation that would have further criminalized dissent by subjecting nonprofit groups to political inquiries regarding the security implications of their work.

This nonprofit “political inquiry” bill has since been defeated in the Knesset, but the right-wing party behind it,Yisrael Beitenu, says they will keep reintroducing the bill until it gets through.

The success of this bill, though, could make such a political inquiry unnecessary. There simply would be no questioning of any of these matters, or any alternative to the present one-state-and-two-quarantined-dependencies solution.

Alarmist? Possibly. But with this Knesset, is it wise to brush this bill off as “just” a codification of the status quo?

JPost reports that the bill affirms “the State of Israel has a democratic government.” Presumably, as part of this affirmation, the bill will legally “cement” the existing situation of democratic governance in the West Bank.

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