Oct 11, 2010

#BDS: Israeli Artists, Intellectuals Protest Against New Israeli Bill

Shortly after the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu based a bill on Sunday requiring all non-Jewish citizens to pledge allegiance to Israel not only as a state but as a “Jewish and democratic state”, hundreds of Israeli intellectuals and artists held a protest in Tel Aviv to challenge the new bill.

Speaking to the Rally, Professor Yaron Ezrachi said that “Israel is deteriorating to the level of a fascist state and that “the children of Israel will either leave the country, be imprisoned or just fight in the streets”.

Professor Gabi Solomon stated that with this new bill, “Israel is burying its declaration of independence”, and ironically added that “the Arabs will stab us in the back, the reason they did not do so since Israel’s establishment 62 years ago is irrelevant”.

The new bill passed by 22 to 8. It still needs to be approved by the Knesset in which the right wing Likud party, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, enjoys a vast majority.

The ministers who voted against the bill are Ehud Barak and all of the ministers of his Labor Party, and Likud party ministers, Dan Meridor, Michael Etan and Beni Begen.

Head of the National Democratic Assembly, Arab member of Knesset, Dr. Jamal Zahalka, called for an international campaign to protect the Arabs and Palestinians in Israel from what he called “Israeli racism”.

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