Israel President Vows To Sign The Nation-State Law In Arabic
Reuven Rivlin, Israel’s President, Promised that he will sign the nation-state law in Arabic to protest against the divisive bill.

According to Dr. Thabet Abu Rass, an activist who works for the Abraham Fund, a group dedicated to supporting Jewish-Bedouin coexistence, Rivlin had been attending a conference in the Bedouin village of Kuseife, east of Be’er Sheva in the south of Israel, when Abu Rass asked him to speak out against the law.

“I can’t refuse to sign the law, because then I will have to resign. But if I sign it – I will sign in the Arabic language,” Rivlin responded. Rivlin’s spokesperson has since refused to confirm or deny the comment, the Times of Israel reported.

Rivilin’s comments brought backlash from members of the ruling Likud party. Israeli MK Avi Dichter told Israel’s Army Radio: “The law states that Hebrew is the official language of the state. I do not think that the president of Israel should go against the spirit of the law and not sign the law in Hebrew,”

The nation-state law allow Jewish-only towns and strip the Arabic language of its status as an official language of Israel. President Rivlin has been a vocal critic of the nation-state law saying “concerned that the broad nature of this article, that has no balance, could harm the Jewish people and Jews around the world and in Israel, and could even be used by our enemies as a weapon.”

“Take a look at Israeli society and ask: in the name of the Zionist vision, are we willing to support discrimination and [the] exclusion of men and women based on their ethnic origin?” he added.

Numerous countries including including RussiaEgyptTurkey and human rights observers Amnesty International have since criticise the nation-state law.

Israel’s minority communities, comprise approximately 24 per cent of the population. This week several members of the Druze community, who have historically been loyal to the state, refused to continue to serve in the Israeli army in protest at the new law.

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