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Rallies Against Israel’s Nation-State Bill Renew, Gantz Vows Amendment

Rallies Against Israel’s Nation-State Bill Renew, Gantz Vows Amendment

Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 - 12:45
Members of the Israeli Druze community and their supporters demonstrate, DW
Tel Aviv – Asharq Al-Awsat
Arab Druze in Israel have launched a rally on Monday protesting the Jewish nation-state bill, calling for its amendment as it is discriminatory and racist in nature.

Amal Assad, one of the leading activists who served in the Israeli Defense Forces, said that Israel Resilience party leader Benny Gantz showing up at the rally is a sign for good and a better hope for amending the legislation.

“In 21st-century Israel such a racist law that makes the Jewish race superior to Arab race cannot be passed,” Assad said, adding that he hopes all candidates in upcoming Knesset elections understand that the law is a “disgrace and must be repealed or amended to include an item that affirms the right to equality for all citizens.”

Asaad said the Nation-state Law Amendment Forum, which he heads, is determined to fight against the law and make it a central theme for upcoming election campaigns battle from now until the day of parliamentary elections on 9 April. Druze activists led the demonstration in Rosh Al Ayn in front of Gantz’ house.

Protestors will be moving to rally in front of other Israeli officials’ and candidates’ houses, but will conclude their demonstrations in front of Netanyahu's house.

Gantz, who is seen as one of the only possible threats to a Netanyahu victory in upcoming elections, said that amending the law would “express the connection [between the Druze community and the State of Israel], a deep and unbreakable connection not only in battle, but also in life. We have a blood pact, but more than that, we have a life alliance.

“We’ll do it together,” he said on amending the disputed legislation.

The Likud party said that Gantz’s comments showed he was in the same ideological basket as Hatnua chief Tzipi Livni and Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid.

“When Gantz attacks the national law and Tzipi Livni congratulates him for it, everyone knows the obvious: Gantz is left, just like Lapid,” the party said in a statement.

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