Druze army vets campaign against Israel's Jewish state law

Critics of Israel's Nation-State Law Misunderstand the Country's Constitutional System

On Tuesday, Arab-Israeli leaders filed a petition with the country's Supreme Court against the nation-state law.

Members of Israel's almost 150,000 strong Druze community and representatives of Israel's Bedouins, both minorities known for their loyal service in Israel's military, have already lodged legal petitions to the court.

Over the weekend, Druze leaders led a protest that drew tens of thousands to Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, where a former head of the Mossad, a former IDF chief and the mayor of Tel Aviv were among those to speak out in opposition to the law.

It also describes the building of Jewish settlements as being in the Israeli national interest.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been trying to placate the Druze with a package of benefits, but efforts to negotiate it have stalled.

Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 established it as a Jewish state but also stipulated equal rights for its minorities.

In response, Netanyahu's government made a proposal especially for the Druze community to enact three additional laws that would cement their integral status in the Jewish state and establish.

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Druze army vets campaign against Israel's Jewish state law - 8/8/2018 1:33:38 AM

Israel's nationalist government says the recently passed law merely reinforces the country's Jewish character.

Regarding the collective rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and the status of the Arabic language, attorneys argue in the petition that "the Nation-State Law - in violation of worldwide law - does not recognize any collective right of the Arabs as a homeland minority, as opposed to enshrining broad exclusive collective rights for the Jewish population, as if Jews were a minority requiring special protection".

The petition also claimed the law explicitly rejects Palestinian national rights, which, when applied to areas claimed by Israel beyond the Green Line in East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, constitutes a violation of the laws of occupation contained in the Fourth Geneva Convention.

This law - which has distinct apartheid characteristics - guarantees the ethnic-religious character of Israel as exclusively Jewish and entrenches the privileges enjoyed by Jewish citizens, while simultaneously anchoring discrimination against Palestinian citizens and legitimizing exclusion, racism, and systemic inequality.

On Sunday, two Bedouin former IDF officers also called on the High Court to either change the formulation of the law so it applies equally to all Israelis or abolish it completely. "Why do I need to serve the state?"

The petition says that the law is "racist, massively harmful to fundamental human rights and contravenes worldwide human rights norms, especially those forbidding laws that constitute a racist constitution".

"After a lot of thought, I made a decision to leave the army and not continue serving the country, a country that has a government that takes and does not give back", he said.

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