Adalah launches comprehensive online ‘Discriminatory Laws Database’ to monitor racist Israeli legislation

Israel/Palestine
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From Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel :

There are more than 50 Israeli laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel in all areas of life, including their rights to political participation, access to land, education, state budget resources, and criminal procedures. Some of the laws also violate the rights of Palestinians living in the 1967 OPT and Palestinian refugees.

You can also see Adalah’s Brief on Discriminatory Laws and Bills Since 2009.

This database collects text, analyses, and legal action for present and proposed discriminatory laws in Israel and the OPT. Please explore:

Here’s an example of one entry:

“Nakba Law” – Amendment No. 40 to the Budgets Foundations Law

Name: “Nakba Law” – Amendment No. 40 to the Budgets Foundations Law
Enacted: 2011
Status: Active
Themes: Civil and Political Rights
Description: The “Nakba Law” authorizes the Finance Minister to reduce state funding or support to an institution if it holds an activity that rejects the existence of Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state” or commemorates “Israel’s Independence Day or the day on which the state was established as a day of mourning.” 

Palestinians traditionally mark Israel’s official Independence Day as a national day of mourning and organize commemorative events. The law violates their rights, and restricts their freedom to express their opinion, and will cause substantial harm to cultural and educational institutions and further entrench discrimination. The law causes major harm to the principle of equality and the rights of Arab citizens to preserve their history and culture. The law deprives Arab citizens of their right to commemorate the Nabka, an integral part of their history. 

On 4 May 2011, Adalah, ACRI, the parents of school children and school alumni filed a petition against the law to the Supreme Court, requesting that it find the Nakba Law unconstitutional. The Supreme Court rejected the petition in January 2012, ruling that the case was premature as the law had not been used against any specific institution.

Full Text: English Hebrew

Check out the full database here.

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  1. pabelmont
    March 19, 2013, 5:18 pm

    Other than by actually, in terms, saying, “Israel is not a democratic state” or “Israel should not be a democratic state”, how could one violate the “democratic state” part of the Nakba Law (defunding-law)?

    What I mean is, no-one can possibly say what it means to BE a democratic state. Is the USA non-democratic because of the power of big money? Or is that an allowable part of democracy. And “Jewish”? what’s a “Jewish State”?

    • a blah chick
      March 19, 2013, 6:45 pm

      “Other than by actually, in terms, saying, “Israel is not a democratic state” or “Israel should not be a democratic state”, how could one violate the “democratic state” part of the Nakba Law (defunding-law)?”

      How about this: say I want to hold a demonstration at a municipal park, a public park. Couldn’t the government then withhold funding to this municipality by claiming that by allowing me to hold my demonstration said municipality has participated in this demonstration, however indirectly.

      “The Supreme Court rejected the petition in January 2012, ruling that the case was premature as the law had not been used against any specific institution.”

      Has anyone challenged the law yet?

  2. Cliff
    March 19, 2013, 5:45 pm

    This is an excellent resource of information.

    Zionists are repugnant liars but their quality for dishonesty really shines when they try to say Israeli Arabs are treated with respect and equality.

  3. eljay
    March 19, 2013, 6:14 pm

    >> what’s a “Jewish State”?

    “Jewish State” is immorality and injustice.

    “Jewish State” is oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist.

    “Jewish State” is past terrorism and ethnic cleansing.

    “Jewish State” is present and ON-GOING aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder.

    “Jewish State” is lack of accountability for (war) crimes committed.

    “Jewish State” is unwillingness to engage in sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

    And, finally, everything a secular, democratic and egalitarian state is, “Jewish State” is not.

    (But it’s not as bad as Saudi Arabia or Mali.)

  4. Erasmus
    March 20, 2013, 7:15 am

    <Great Work by ADALAH !

    What an excellent source of reference!

    Thanks.

  5. iResistDe4iAm
    March 20, 2013, 11:19 am

    Note: Adalah have changed the first paragraph (and deleted the second) of the intro on their website to:

    “There are more than 50 Israeli laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel in all areas of life, including their rights to political participation, access to land, education, state budget resources, and criminal procedures. Some of the laws also violate the rights of Palestinians living in the 1967 OPT and Palestinian refugees.”

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