Israeli minister warns High Court of revoking Nationality Law

Illustrative The High Court of Justice in session

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.

Livni apologized to members of the Druze community "not just for the problematic and discriminatory law, but for the fact that he (Netanyahu) didn't bother showing up here for the discussion, to talk, to stand here and give the answers he owes not just you, the Druze community, but to the entire State of Israel".

One of the petitions was filed by Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, demanding the Israeli High Court to overturn it for this reason.

The petition called on the Israeli Supreme Court to annul the law, arguing that it also violates the United Nations charter by denying the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

Adalah lawyers also argued that the Jewish nation-state law negates the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination in violation of the United Nations charter, and that the law's application to East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights also stands in violation of worldwide law, which specifies that these areas are occupied by Israel. Among those signing the petition were the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee, the umbrella body of Arab Israeli organizations; lawmakers on the Arab Joint List in the Knesset; and the committee of Arab council heads and mayors, the Times of Israel reported.

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". I'm holding the first draft of the Nationality Law, which was submitted in 2011. "There is also no single constitution in the world that does not include the right to equality for all its citizens and residents". "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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Shaked added that "the Knesset is the constituent assembly, which defines and determines the Basic Laws".

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

Demonstrators take part in a protest against the nation-state law in Rabin Square on August 4, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

"The real question is who is for and who is against the Declaration of Independence, and why is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the Declaration of Independence?"

But Minister Ze'ev Elkin spoke on behalf of the coalition, and pointed the finger back at Livni for apparently leaving early and for her party's part in the original version of the nation state law.

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