Shlomo Alegra

Nation Law Is Only Natural for Israel

As of the 19th of July the Israeli Parliament passed the Nation Law whereby the state of Israel is defined as a Jewish and Hebrew Is the only official language while Arabic is demoted to a special status.

Overall the law states that all symbols of state, language, culture, holidays, calender are all Jewish with Jerusalem as its undivided capital is something that one would think all Jews could agree with.

After all Israel was founded as a Jewish state to begin with and this law does not denigrate minorities of any of their rights to vote in elections; if anything all citizens whether Jewish or not are still protected under the Basic Rights law which for years have protected the rights of all of Israel’s citizens and will continue to do so.

Anti-Israel activists have used this law as another excuse condemn Israel while in reality many nation states declare their countries according to their ethnicities and religions.

Throughout the Middle East countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran define themselves as Islamic countries, discriminate against women, LGBT community and non-Muslims where their civil rights are completely non-existent. Yet, there are no protest or accusations against such countries for being racist.

Japan is a modern secular country whose whole identity is Japanese in both language and culture, they have refused any real immigration of people from Muslim countries and repeatedly refuse any kind of culture change that may alter their culture.

In the continent of South America many countries defined themselves since their independence as Catholic countries and yet all other citizens of those countries who do not fall in the category of Catholics like Jews, Protestants and Muslims are free to practice their religion and are entitled to full rights like their Catholic counterparts.

Anti-Israel advocates are using this as an excuse to attack Israel, however their criticism does not match reality since Israel is not making any real discriminatory law that restrict the rights of its minorities.

The only things the Nation Law does is firmly declare Israel as a Jewish state like its anthem says and declaration of independence declare.

In Israel there was some protest from the Druze community of 100 reservists, yet there have also been many more Druze citizens who currently serve in the army that supported the law and made videos on it on Facebook.

Right wing organizations have claimed left wing NGOs have been fanning the flames of protests ever since this law was passed with Im Tirtzu claiming the New Israel Fund has been trying to garner support against the law.

Every majority population in every country has the right to define the national character of their country with their own ethnicity as long as minority rights are not infringed upon.

The new Nation law does not impose on the rights of any minority living in Israel, other countries in the world have similar laws in place and they still have equal rights to all its citizens like Israel.

About the Author
Shlomo was born in Miami, Florida in 1989 and moved to Israel in 2012. He holds a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Political Science and served in the IDF as a combat soldier in the Netzach Yehuda Battalion. After serving in the military Shlomo studied in Yeshivat Shavie Hevron where he lived in Hebron. He now lives in Kiryat Arba, is a proud reservist in the Golani Brigade, and is a blogger for the Times of Israel.