Brothers of Slain Druze Officer Slam Jewish Nation-state Law

Adnan Seif says passing law 'is like being stabbed,' adds he is now hesitant to join police in order to follow brother's legacy.


Brothers of the Druze policeman killed two weeks ago in a firefight with terrorists at a Jerusalem synagogue are extremely critical of the government's efforts to pass a Jewish nation-state bill.

Marad Seif – brother of Master Sergeant Zidan Nahad Seif, 30, who was killed after rushing to the scene of the attack at the Har Nof synagogue, where four worshippers were slain – told Haaretz that he wanted to ask Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “If this is supposed to be my brother’s 'certificate of merit' – declaring [legislation of] the nation-state bill after his death. I very much want him to answer me.”

The nation-state bill is a draft of a quasi-constitutional Basic Law that defines Israel as a Jewish state, granting national rights only to Jews, while upholding all citizens' rights as individuals.

Seif argued that the law was totally superfluous, and that there was a difference between the symbols already entrenched in the country, like a national anthem that includes the phrase, “the Jewish soul yearns,” and the proposed legislation.

“I was born in Israel and we were raised with [the anthem], and we don’t have any problem with it, but to go and pass a law solely for the Jewish people is very sad,” he said. “I am speaking on behalf of the family, because all of us are talking about it. This isn’t even a kick – it’s like being stabbed.”

Adnan Seif, Zidan’s younger brother, was a combat soldier in the Israel Defense Forces Golani Brigade and is currently in the process of enlisting in the Israel Police.

“I was determined to sign up with the police, to continue my brother’s path, but because of this nation-state law, I’m deliberating, because of the rights I will not have,” Adnan said. “I want to continue my brother’s legacy and want to enlist, but I’m concerned about my rights, and about this law altogether.”

Adnan said that beyond his personal rejection of the law, it is not acceptable to him in general.

“It will harm all citizens, including the Jews,” he added. “I believe that more than 50 percent of the Jews don’t want this law. It will also hurt us, the Druze, very much.”