Tens of thousands protest against 'nation-state law'
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.