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Israel’s Jewish? What a Surprise!


Seventy years after Israel’s founding, the Knesset has just narrowly passed a new basic law (having constitutional authority) outlining in symbolic terms how Israel is the “Nation State of the Jewish People.”  Arab Members of Knesset loudly proclaimed their outrage.  

Liberal-minded defenders of Israel have long referred to this section of its 1948 Declaration of Independence as defining the country’s highest ideals:

. . .  The state of Israel will promote the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; will be based on precepts of liberty, justice and peace taught by the Hebrew prophets; will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens without distinction of race, creed or sex . . . . 

Now, at a time when Israel faces an aggressive international movement of people condemning it as racist and an apartheid state, the Knesset has passed the following legislation by a vote of 62-55:

Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People

1 — Basic principles

A. The land of Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people, in which the State of Israel was established.

B. The State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, in which it fulfills its natural, cultural, religious and historical right to self-determination.

C. The right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people.

2 — The symbols of the state

A. The name of the state is “Israel.”

B. The state flag is white with two blue stripes near the edges and a blue Star of David in the center.

C. The state emblem is a seven-branched menorah with olive leaves on both sides and the word “Israel” beneath it.

D. The state anthem is “Hatikvah.”

E. Details regarding state symbols will be determined by the law.

3 — The capital of the state

Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel.

4 — Language

A. The state’s language is Hebrew.

B. The Arabic language has a special status in the state; Regulating the use of Arabic in state institutions or by them will be set in law.

C. This clause does not harm the status given to the Arabic language before this law came into effect.

5 — Ingathering of the exiles

The state will be open for Jewish immigration and the ingathering of exiles

6 — Connection to the Jewish people

A. The state will strive to ensure the safety of the members of the Jewish people in trouble or in captivity due to the fact of their Jewishness or their citizenship.

B. The state shall act within the Diaspora to strengthen the affinity between the state and members of the Jewish people.

C. The state shall act to preserve the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people among Jews in the Diaspora.

7 — Jewish settlement

A. The state views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation.

8 — Official calendar

The Hebrew calendar is the official calendar of the state and alongside it the Gregorian calendar will be used as an official calendar. Use of  the Hebrew calendar and the Gregorian calendar will be determined by law.

9 — Independence Day and memorial days

A. Independence Day is the official national holiday of the state.

B. Memorial Day for the Fallen in Israel’s Wars and Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day are official memorial days of the State.

10 — Days of rest and sabbath

The Sabbath and the festivals of Israel are the established days of rest in the state; Non-Jews have a right to maintain days of rest on their Sabbaths and festivals; Details of this issue will be determined by law.

11 — Immutability

This Basic Law shall not be amended, unless by another Basic Law passed by a majority of Knesset members.

P.S. Previously, 14 liberal American-Jewish organizations expressed their concern over this legislation, and Ameinu (the initiator of The Third Narrative), is among several American-Jewish groups that have reacted with alarm to its passage.   

One Response to “Israel’s Jewish? What a Surprise!”

  1. Adela
    September 25, 2018 at 10:37 pm #

    Jewish people have long,TOO LONG been enslaved by nazis of all nations before the creation of Israel – their own Nation! I’s about time for them to reafirm and reconfirm that the Israel Nation belongs to the Jewish people, in order to secure never again forced diaspora. I’m happy to see they also confirmed officially their own language and culture in general.

    Because America never made its own language and culture official, it is that we have today abuse of immigrants who don’t care to learn our language so we spend a fortune providing free translators and interpreters, as well as their total disregard for our culture by burning our flag and disrespecting our National Anthem. Rioting on the streets destroying everything in their way shouting “I hate America!”. Of course, nobody cared to protect our language and culture by making them official…now it’s all disappearing slowly but surely… Let’s NOT allow Israel’s HARD EARNED NATION to be abused to the extent of even losing its right ownership.

    Call me partial to these 2 countries…the fact remains we are losing America by the increasing liberal mobs which include the dems’ higher echelons. I’m very happy with the Jewish Basic Law: “Nation State of the Jewish People.” to preserve their Nation and continue to grow it by ever more gigantic steps! AM ISRAEL CHAI! 🙂

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