Urge Prime Minister Netanyahu and Ambassador Dermer: Stop the Nation-State Bill

Right now in Israel, the Nation-State Bill is a Basic Law proposal that would carry the weight of a constitutional amendment, impacting the entire Israeli legal system if passed. The Nation-State Bill would prioritize Israel’s Jewish identity over its democratic identity, upsetting the balance between these two foundational values and seriously undermining the rights of minority groups.

The Knesset will vote on this bill on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Urge Prime Minister Netanyahu and Ambassador Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, to preserve pluralism, equal rights and the centrality of democracy in Israel and oppose the Nation-State Bill.

Background:

The Nation-State Bill is a Basic Law proposal that would carry the weight of a constitutional amendment, impacting the entire Israeli legal system if passed. The Nation-State Bill would prioritize Israel’s Jewish identity over its democratic identity, upsetting the balance between these two foundational values and seriously undermining the rights of minority groups. The Knesset will vote on this bill on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. We call upon Israeli leadership to preserve pluralism, equal rights, and the centrality of democracy in the Jewish State and oppose the Nation-State Bill.

This Bill would downgrade the status of the Arabic language, undermine efforts to advance religious pluralism, and give legal sanction to discrimination against marginalized groups. This threatens the Israel we know and the brighter future we want to see for our Homeland. As IMPJ President Rabbi Gilad Kariv said at a rally against the Nation-State Bill, "We want to bring our children up in a nation where Hebrew and Arabic are both official languages. We want to bring our children up in a country where people choose where to live without anyone inspecting their religion or national identity...[W]e bear an obligation to prevent the aggressive attempt to place an obstacle along the path we seek to travel together. Here is more information and answers to frequently asked questions about the bill.