Knesset Approves First Reading of Bill to Extend Israeli Law Over West Bank Museums

Bill aims to strengthen Israeli sovereignty over West Bank, bring end to ‘discrimination’ against settlers.

The Knesset passed a preliminary reading on Wednesday of a bill that would extend Israeli law to museums in West Bank settlements. The bill passed by a vote of 51 to 9.

According to its creator, National Union MK Uri Ariel, the bill is the first in a series whose purpose is to strengthen Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank and put an end to the “humiliating discrimination” against the settlers.

MK Uri Ariel Tess Scheflan / Jini
Tess Scheflan / Jini

“The law must apply equally to all Israeli citizens, anywhere, without discriminating on the basis of political background," he said.

Ariel further stated that he and several other MKs will take advantage of the Zionist majority in the Knesset in order to pass similar laws in the coming weeks.