ADL Says Jewish Nation-state Bill Unnecessary, Condemns Politicization

Jewish rights organization says the Jewish character of Israel is sufficiently expressed in the Declaration of Independence and other legal documents.

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The political debate over the proposed nation-state law is undermining the well-established foundational principle of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said on Monday.

"The current debate over the proposed Nation-State law has undermined the settled nature of this essential element of Israel’s national identity," ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said in a statement. "Attempts to further codify this concept in the Basic Laws are well-meaning but unnecessary."

Foxman added that "Israel’s Jewish and democratic character, one that defines Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people and grants equal rights and protections to all citizens regardless of religion, is clearly expressed in the Declaration of Independence and other significant legal documents and judicial decisions."

The ADL cautioned against the continued politicization of the issue on both sides.

"It is troubling that some have sought to use the political process to promote an extreme agenda which could be viewed as an attempt to subsume Israel’s democratic character in favor of its Jewish one," the statement said.