Nation-state Law Requires International Intervention, Israeli-Arab Lawmaker Tells UN Rep

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Member of Knesset Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List)
Member of Knesset Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List)Credit: Emil Salman

Israeli lawmaker Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List) met with the UN under secretary general for political affairs in New York on Thursday to try to advance international action against the nation-state law.

"The law makes Israel an official apartheid state even within the Green Line, so it is not an internal Israeli matter, but rather a law that requires strong and urgent intervention by the international community and the UN," Touma-Sliman said.

The United Nations' special rapporteur on minority issues recently announced in response to a petition from Yousef Jabareen from the Joint List that he intends to examine the possibility of launching an investigation against the law. Touma-Sliman asked the Under Secretary General Rosemary Dicarlo to advance the issue.

>> Opinion: What we can learn from the nation-state law

The Basic Law on Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, also known as the nation-state law, approved by the Knesset on July 19, affirmed that only Jews have the right to self-determination in Israel. It also downgraded Arabic to a language with “special status,” among several other controversial measures that affect the Israeli Druze.

The nation-state law is designed to alter the application of the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty in court rulings, and permits judges to give priority to Israel’s Jewish character in their rulings.

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