Palestinians protest against Israel’s nation-state law

Elias Hubbard
October 2, 2018

Passed by the Knesset in July with the support of Israel's far right, the nation-state law has garnered widespread criticism from Palestinians and the global community for its disregard of the norms of universal law and the rights of Palestinian-origin Israeli citizens.

Tensions increased as Palestinians across the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian territory occupied in 1948 and the Gaza Strip observed a general strike on Monday and organized popular activities expressing people's unity and resistance against the Nationality Law.

Carrying pictures of the victims, Palestine flags and signs against Israel's nation-state law, the protesters marched along with members of parliament, including Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List.

In addition to the protest against this law, that the minority arabs denounced as a text making them citizens of a second zone, the strike also aims to show the solidarity of the Palestinians with the inhabitants of Khan al-Ahmar in the west bank, according to Hanane ashrawi, initially signalled their a high chief of the Organization for the liberation of Palestine (PLO).

National groups in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem also declared their support for the strike against the controversial law.

Meanwhile, in the Old City, Israeli forces and police handed summon notices to several Jerusalemites and local activists while exiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after prayers.

Mahmud Hamed however kept open his bakery outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.

"It is the minimum we can do for our people against the racist nation-state law", said Abu Jabir al-Iraqi, a resident of the Israeli-Arab town Taybeh.

"I can say that there is a complete commitment to the strike", Massoud Ghanayem, an Arab member of Knesset, told Anadolu Agency (AA).

The action was staged in support of Israeli-Arabs, who called the strike in protest of the "Nation-State" law, which was passed by Knesset in July.

Israel plans to demolish the Bedouin community, which it says was built illegally, despite global calls for a reprieve.

“It never stops. The nation-state law and October events [killings in 2000] are part of the same policy, ” he said.

Each year, Palestinians visit cemeteries in Israel to commemorate the day and this year, organisers say that they are using the day to protest against systemic issues that havent changed in the years gone by.

Because it omits any reference to equality or the country's democratic nature, Israeli Arabs charge that it will legalise discrimination. They make up a fifth of Israel's nine million citizens.

Yesterday was also a holiday for Israeli Jews, marking the end of the week-long festival of Sukkot.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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