Recent social controversies signal Israel afraid of its own shadow
The recent pushes in Israel to deport African migrants as well as the call from its justice minister to "safeguard a Jewish majority even at the expense of human rights" are all indicative of a system that cannot even trust its own people.

Around 20,000 Israelis and African migrants took to the streets in Tel Aviv on February 24, protesting against the government policy of detaining and deporting African asylum seekers who refuse to leave the country. A few days earlier, a group of Eritrean asylum seekers held at a detention centre in Israel went on hunger strike in protest against their imminent expulsion.

The United Nations refugee agency estimates there are 27,000 Eritreans and 7,700 Sudanese in Israel, who claim they have fled war, persecution, and conscription. Officials, however, call them “infiltrators” searching for economic opportunities who constitute a threat to Israel’s social fabric and Jewish identity.

Some of the migrants protested with their faces painted white, suggesting they were being sent into danger because Israel did not believe their black lives mattered.

But their call seems to fall on deaf ears after Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked supported the so-called Jewish Nation-State Bill, which would constitutionally define Israel as the national home of the Jewish people for the first time.

“There is place to maintain a Jewish majority even at the price of violation of rights,” She said.

“There are places where the character of the State of Israel as a Jewish state must be maintained, and this sometimes comes at the expense of equality,” Shaked said, as reported by Israel’s Haaretz newspaper.

One feels sorry for those migrants living in a place where officials do not care about human rights and international laws and adopt policies that clearly lead to social inequality.

Ironically, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is always ready with his props at international conferences to lecture about the other countries’ violations of law and ask for their immediate punishment.

The situation for approximately 1.7 million Palestinians who have Israeli citizenship appears gloomier.

According to the Jewish Nation-State bill, Arabic will be demoted from an official language to a language with “special status,” meaning those 1.7 million do not even have the right to speak their own mother tongue if they are to live in Israel.

Mossawa, an advocacy centre for Palestinian citizens of Israel, explained in a position paper the bill would also force all citizens of Israel, regardless of their religion, to comply with Jewish civil law, often without legal precedent.

The legislation “clearly denigrates the non-Jewish, Palestinian Arab minority to the status of second-class citizens”, Mossawa concluded.

While there might be different reasons for Israel’s mistreatments of its own populations, the driving force behind all these patterns can be summed up to one factor: fear.

The Israeli establishment has been involved hatching so many plots against other nations to prop up its own existence that has now become obsessed of plots being hatched against itself even by its own citizens.

Source: Zionist Regime Virtual Think Tank ( N.G.O)

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