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Janan Bsoul Rips Into Israel's New Bill Stripping Arabic of Official Status

'I am happy to say that this Trumpian law is starting to expose the dirt, and show the degree to which Israel thinks it's doing its Palestinian citizens a favor'

A cabinet committee on Sunday gave its support to a new version of the nation-state bill, which revokes Arabic's "official language" status, holding that the State of Israel is “the national home of the Jewish people,” and that “the right to realize self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people.”

Arab citizen of Israel and Haaretz journalist Janan Bsoul, responds to the bill, which she claims can't strip Arabic of its official status, as Arabic was never an "official language of Israel."

"Arabic was never an official language in Israel": Janan Bsoul on the new nation state law. Haaretz

"I am happy to say that this Trumpian law is starting to expose the dirt, and show the degree to which Israel thinks it's doing its Palestinian citizens a favor. But I'm happy, I think that this law is a great opportunity for Arab lawmakers to get to work."

The proposed law is meant to turn into a basic law and become part of Israel's central body of legislation, encoding the structure of government and civil rights.