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Racist, Apartheid Israel Passes Laws Forbidding
Palestinian Arabs from Remembrance of 1948 Israeli Takeover of Palestine
Thursday March 24, 2011 09:31 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
In a law condemned by rights advocates as racist, revisionist and
divisive, the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) voted Wednesday to prevent
any commemorations of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) in which
historic Palestine was divided in half, with half of the land taken to
create the state of Israel.
Instead, the 20% of the current
Israeli population who are indigenous Palestinians will be required to
celebrate Israel's 'independence day', which is the day in 1948 when the
Zionist movement declared a state of Israel on the land of historic
The Nakba law, once implemented, will make it illegal
for public bodies, or agencies that receive funding from the State of
Israel, to claim that Israel should not be a Jewish state, and that the
practices of the government are not democratic.
commemoration of “Nakba Day”, the anniversary of the founding of the
State of Israel, following the Yishuv’s ethnic cleansing of the majority
of indigenous Palestinians from what became Israel, has also been made
A second law passed during the late night session of
the Israeli Knesset also drew criticism from human rights groups. That
law will allow Israeli housing developments in the Negev and Galilee to
discriminate against potential new residents on the basis of ethnicity
and economic status.
The so-called 'Admission Committees Law'
will face a lawsuit from at least two human rights groups in Israel, who
say that they hope to have the law overturned by the Israeli High Court.
One of the human rights groups filing the lawsuit, the Abraham Fund,
said “This law establishes a mechanism of ethnic segregation between
Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel, under the auspices of the Knesset.”
The group also criticized the Nakba Bill, saying, “Knesset members
are mistaken to think that one can force the Arab minority to celebrate
Israel's Independence Day. It is important to allow Arab citizens to
learn about and acknowledge their painful past. It is also important
that mutual understanding of the other’s historical narrative exists
between the Jews and Arabs in Israel.”
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