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Israel passes new Nakba Law
Knesset passes new Nakba Law to punish public institutions for any reference to the Israeli occupation of Palestine in 1948 as a catastrophe or 'nakba'
Reuters , Wednesday 23 Mar 2011
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Israel's parliament passed a measure on Tuesday enabling the denial of state funding to institutions that question the country's existence as a Jewish state, in a move criticised as targetting an Arab minority.

The so-called Nakba Law, using the Arabic word for "catastrophe" which is how many Palestinians regard the founding of Israel, passed by a vote of 37 to 25 after an angry debate among right and left-wing lawmakers.

Civil rights groups have denounced the measure as an effort to restrict freedom of expression to Arabs, who make up about a fifth of Israel's predominantly Jewish population.

The law would enable the withholding of funds to public institutions deemed to be involved in publicly challenging the founding of Israel as a Jewish state or any activity "denying the existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state."

Many Israeli Arabs, as relatives of Palestinians who remained in what is now Israel when hundreds of thousands of others were driven away or fled during a 1948 war over Israel's establishment, question whether Israel should be a Jewish state.

Unlike Palestinians living in territory Israel captured in a 1967 war, Israeli Arabs are fully enfranchised though many complain of discrimination.

Right-wing Israeli lawmakers who introduced the bill insisted it was intended to defend Israel against what they see as a growing number of attacks on its legitimacy because of a continuing conflict with the Palestinians and other Arab states.

Israeli liberals argued it was undemocratic.

Arab lawmaker Jamal Zahalka said the measure would likely encourage more Israeli Arabs to participate in the kind of events it sought to prevent -- the public mourning of Israel's creation, which takes place in marches held each year in some Arab towns on Israeli Independence Day.





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11-05-2011 11:01pm
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Lest we forget!
No matter what laws are passed and what restraints are put on Palestinians, we will never forget the slaughter, expulsion and oppression of millions of Palestinians since May 14, 1948. This law is completely criminal of Israel!!! On Nakba Day, Sunday, May 15th, Canadians will remember Israel’s war crimes. The atrocities will never be swept under the rug.
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ClintJCL
29-03-2011 05:27pm
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freedom?
Many people have told me that if the Arabs simply surrendered and became Israeli citizens, that they could have escaped their suffering at the hands of the oppressive illegal Israel government. Not true. Nevermind the 19 or so years of martial law those Arab-Israeli citizens had to suffer, or the discrimination that goes on until today. Even today, the government is still oppressing those who may question its existence, or the fact that it's specifically a Jewish state with racist policies. The american equivalent of this law would be de-funding my state college (Virginia Tech) if they dared question that America be a Christian nation, or that the revolutionary war might not have been necessary. That wouldn't fly in America. Let's not pretend Israel is some great democracy with freedom for all. It isn't. This is state-sponsored revisionism. (Forced conscription sucks too.)
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Julianne H. Gustafson-Lira
24-03-2011 09:31pm
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NAKBA
I suggest that we write that word everywhere. That we put it on our email heading and that we make bumperstickers and distribute them. I will do all I can in this respect.
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malkov
23-03-2011 09:19pm
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freedom of speech?
How is that democracy? Hows that diffrent from what oppressive regims like north korea do? i would like to know
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jim patton
23-03-2011 09:18pm
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nakba law
Should have passed it years ago!
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