Haaretz, May 12, 2017


while the Declaration of Independence circumvented the unpleasant issue of where Jews and Arabs would live – or to be more precise, the latter’s right to live alongside the former – Article 9(b) of the nation-state bill says unblushingly, “the state is entitled to allow a given community, including members of a single religion or a single ethnic group, to establish separate residential communities.” The goal of this clause, aside from granting legal permission to discriminate against various peoples, is to thwart democratic terror attacks like the High Court of Justice’s ruling in the 1995 Kaadan case, which forced the community of Katzir to allow an Arab couple to purchase land there.

The nation-state bill, which takes much less trouble to prettify itself than the Declaration of Independence did, sums up life in Israel in a very clear fashion: There’s a party going on here, it’s for one side only, and if anyone has a problem with that, they should scram [....]

Yes, the time has come to deal with the threat posed by 20 percent of the population through legislation.