Israel's Nation-State Law Explained | NowThis World

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  • Published on:  Sunday, April 7, 2019
  • Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s parliament passed a bill that officially declared Israel a Jewish state in July 2018. The ‘nation-state’ legislation defines things like Israel’s national holidays, symbols, and the state’s connection to Jewish heritage.
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    Supporters of the bill say at worst, it’s a symbolic nod toward Jewish unity that won’t actually impact the lives of citizens day-today - and, at best, a 'defining moment' for Zionism.

    Critics - including many international Jewish groups - say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing majority coalition are bolstering 'tribalism' or, even more severely - 'apartheid.'

    But what does this mean for the near quarter of Israel’s population that isn’t Jewish?

    Well, the controversial ‘Nation-State’ bill declared Jewish settlement a 'national value' and made the right to national self-determination in Israel 'unique to the Jewish people.'

    Key contentious clauses were removed late in the game, including one that would, ‘authorize a community composed of people having the same faith and nationality to maintain the exclusive character of that community.’ Basically - legal segregation based on religion or ethnicity.

    Despite the ones that were removed, plenty of controversial sections also stayed put.

    For example, the bill revokes the 70-year status Arabic had as an 'official' state language, downgrading it to a 'special status' and making Hebrew the state’s only official language.

    We sat down with Aida Touma-Sliman, an Arab Israeli member of the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, for her take.

    There’s been a lot of debate over the symbolism versus real world consequences of this law. What do you think? What kind of a concrete impact could it have on the population of Israel that’s not Jewish?

    Let me know below. And thanks as always for tuning in to NowThis World.

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  • Nicholas Lo

    Nicholas Lo

     2 hours ago

    Really interesting. Can you make a video about Hong Kong’s situation?

  • The Champions League King

    The Champions League King

     7 days ago

    ISRAEL IS THE ONLY DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NETANHAHU IS NOT AUTHORITARIAN!

  • Gabie Dubin

    Gabie Dubin

     7 days ago

    israel is a jewish state , deal with it

  • The Champions League King

    The Champions League King

     21 days ago +1

    Why does everyone say israel commits occupation?

  • Alban Strakosha

    Alban Strakosha

     1 months ago

    Palestine is Israel 🇮🇱
    Support and love Israel ❤
    from Albania 🇦🇱🇮🇱

  • The Champions League King

    The Champions League King

     1 months ago

    NETANYAHU IS NOT AUTHORITARIAN!

  • Provine 76

    Provine 76

     1 months ago +11

    Are you clowns gonna say anything about “Muslim states”

  • Brennando

    Brennando

     1 months ago

    Can you do a video about the following:

    Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
    Islamic Republic of Iran
    Islamic Republic of Mauritania
    Islamic Republic of Pakistan

  • luna neder

    luna neder

     1 months ago

    Would someone just shut her up

  • Abhrajyoti Pal

    Abhrajyoti Pal

     1 months ago

    The occupied area is rightfully under the control of Israel according to International Law because Jordan and Israel haven't signed a peace treaty yet.

  • VISHWAJEET singh

    VISHWAJEET singh

     1 months ago

    Please do a vedio on pak allies and also India allies on a current scenario

  • VISHWAJEET singh

    VISHWAJEET singh

     1 months ago

    Please do a vedio on pak allies and also India allies on a current scenario

  • sebastian wilson

    sebastian wilson

     1 months ago

    Please Do a Video on what is Greenism and what is Nationalism

  • The Champions League King

    The Champions League King

     2 months ago

    ISRAEL GIVES EQUAL RIGHTS TO ALL OFF ITS CITIZENS! How Someone like Saudi Arabia is a Muslim state and America is a Christian state, Israel is a Jewish state.

  • The Champions League King

    The Champions League King

     2 months ago

    THE WEST BANK IS NOT OCCUPIED AND THE SETTLEMENTS ARE NOT ILLEGAL AND ISRAEL IS NOT A BLOCK TO THE 2 STATE SOLUTION!

  • The Champions League King

    The Champions League King

     2 months ago

    ISRAEL WON EAST JERUSALEM NOT OCCUPIED AND JERUSALEM IS 100% THE CAPITAL CITY OF ISRAEL!

  • Abraham issac Jacob Yisrael

    Abraham issac Jacob Yisrael

     2 months ago

    🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱For JEWS

  • Dalton Jones

    Dalton Jones

     2 months ago

    Cant be racist because 'Jew' isn't a race.

  • Mike Asséraf

    Mike Asséraf

     2 months ago

    So biased... Interviewing only arabs ? Those same arabs that support terrorism.

  • Daniel Sajid

    Daniel Sajid

     2 months ago

    What about all the Islamic republic 's in the world