Connect with us

Politics

Israeli Parliament Passes a Controversial New Law That Could Divide the Country

Israel’s new law could undermine ethnic and religious peace in the country.

Duane Paul Murphy

Published

on

Israel’s national parliament, the Knesset, recently passed a new controversial law on Thursday, July 19, that would characterize the Middle Eastern country as a “Jewish Nation,” where ethno-religious Jews are the only people in the country who have the right to self-determination. The new law, which was passed by a vote of 62 in favor, 55 against, and 2 abstentions, also removes the Arabic language as a co-official language alongside Hebrew and declares it as a minority language of special status. Several ethnic Arab members of parliament protested the new law inside and outside the parliamentary chamber due to the bill’s racially insensitive language and purpose since more than 20% of the country is composed of ethnic Arabs and other non-Jewish ethnic as well as religious minorities. Early drafts and amendments of the legislation were scrapped, including the legal establishment of Jewish-only communities and instructing legal secular courts to rule according to religious Jewish ritual law.

While this legislation is mostly symbolic in the wake of the country’s 70th anniversary as an independent state since 1948, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government, which is composed of mainly religious conservatives and secular ultranationalist Zionists, has been pushing an agenda that would appear to benefit the country’s Jewish majority population instead of all residents regardless of their own race, ethnicity, nationality, and religion.

Are you looking for digital journalism training and experience? Are you a journalism major who wants to take your career to the next level? CMN’s Digital Journalism course gives you real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to journalism influencers and mentors, and a great place to display your work. You can get academic credit too. Check out the Digital Journalism Course here.

Duane Paul Murphy is a D.C. college student and student journalist born and raised in Southern California. Currently studying for his bachelor’s in politics and a minor in media studies, Duane Paul is interested in covering domestic as well as international political affairs that impact the lives of everyday people, whether they are young students, professionals, or faculty in higher education.

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

Government2 days ago

Bernie Sanders is Running for President in 2020

The Bern is coming back in 2020.

by , The Catholic American University
Government3 days ago

Utah Congressman Creates an Anti-Socialism Caucus in Congress

Is the Red Scare making a comeback in the 21st century?

by , The Catholic American University
Government1 week ago

Former Astronaut Mark Kelly Will Run for Senate in 2020

If elected in 2020, Kelly will become fourth-ever American astronaut elected to Congress.

by , The Catholic American University
Government3 weeks ago

Gen Z Alongside Millennials Prefer Socialism Than Capitalism

The kids are all left-wing.

by , The Catholic American University
Government2 months ago

New Year, New Laws for 2019

New year means new laws.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality2 months ago

Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker of the House

Democrats continued to control the House on Thursday by electing Nancy Pelosi who returned to be the first woman to...

by , Mercy College
Government2 months ago

The House to Approve Legislation of Reopening of the Government

Late Thursday night, the new Democratic House passed bills that would reopen the government without paying for Trump’s border wall....

by , Mercy College
Government2 months ago

Elizabeth Warren Announces She is Running for President in 2020

On New Years Eve, Senator Elizabeth Warren, (D) Massachusetts, announced that she will become a candidate to enter the 2020...

by , Mercy College

Top Reads