Thousands Of Jews And Arabs Rally Against The ‘Racist’ ‘Jewish State’ Law
On Saturday, thousands of Jews and Arab Israelis protested against the racist “Jewish State” law at Rabin square in Tel Aviv.

Pushed through by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Law declares the right to national self-determination is uniquely Jewish. The Jewish State law downgrades the status of Arabic, stating that Hebrew is the official language of Israel. This is while both Hebrew and Arabic were official languages.

The Saturday march was organised by the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens, which represents Palestinians living in Israel. Several Palestinian figures, including former MP Mohammad Barakeh, the chairman of the High Follow-up Committee for Arab Affairs, MP Jamal Zahalka, MP Masoud Ghanaim, and Chairman of the National Council of Arab Community Leaders Eva Illouz attended the march.

MP Masoud Ghanaim in his speech said that “The basis of the demonstration today is to direct a powerful message that the national law will be abolished.”

“This law which establishes an apartheid regime in Israel will be abolished and we will prevail,” he added.

MP Barakeh praised the unity between Arabs and Jews, saying: “All Arabs and Jews are attending the march in thousands in order to repeal this abomination of a law and remove the stain left by the Netanyahu’s government”.

The law claims a “united Jerusalem” as the Jewish Israel’s capital and also establishes Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as a “national value” that the state must encourage.

Critics believe the new legislation will further alienate the Arab minority who are making up 21 percent of the population.

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