Tens of thou­sands protest against 'na­tion-state law'

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pales­tinian cit­i­zens of Is­rael have led a mass protest in Tel Aviv against the con­tro­ver­sial “Jewish state law”.

Passed last month, the new state-na­tion law of­fi­cially af­firms Is­rael’s Jewish char­ac­ter, but crit­ics say it turns nonJewish cit­i­zens of the coun­try into sec­ond­class cit­i­zens, fur­ther marginal­is­ing some 1.8 million Pales­tini­ans with Is­raeli cit­i­zen­ship and other mi­nori­ties.

The tens of thou­sands of pro­test­ers, in­clud­ing Jews, marched through the streets of the city on Satur­day night call­ing for the law’s can­cel­la­tion.

A Jewish par­tic­i­pant agreed, say­ing all cit­i­zens of Is­rael should be equal un­der the law. “We, a lot of Is­raelis, be­lieve that they [mi­nori­ties] are en­ti­tled to be equal to us,” pro­tester Dan Meiri said.

The mea­sure, pushed through last month by Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, de­clares the right to na­tional self­de­ter­mi­na­tion is uniquely Jewish.

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