The JFNA, which is a major fundraiser for Israel, joins other Jewish organizations and movements that have already voiced opposition to the basic law, which stipulates that only Jews have the right to self-determination in Israel. It also downgrades Arabic from an official language to one with “special status.”
The law has sparked a particularly strong backlash in the Druze community, whose members serve in the Israeli army.
“Jewish Federations stand shoulder to shoulder with the Druze community and urge Israeli legislators to work with the community as soon as possible to address their very real concerns,” the JFNA statement said.
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“As strong supporters of Israel, we were disappointed that the government passed legislation which was effectively a step back for all minorities.”
Jewish organizations and movements have also expressed concerns that the law would set back their efforts to promote Jewish pluralism in Israel.
Since the law was passed by the Knesset two weeks ago, it has already come under fire by the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and both the Reform and Conservative movements.