Controversial Jewish State Law: Scores Of Jews and Arabs Protest in Tel Aviv
Jews and Arabs create unique opportunity, show unity against disputed law that affirms Israel's Jewish character
LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Desk)– Tens of thousands of people comprising Jews and Arabs staged march in Tel Aviv, the Israeli city, to protest the country’s controversial “Jewish state law” aimed at discriminating between Jewish and non-Jewish citizens in equal rights.
Passed last month, the divisive law officially affirms Israel’s Jewish character, but critics say it turns non-Jewish citizens of the country into second-class citizens, further marginalising some 1.8 million Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and other minorities.
The protesters marched through the streets of the city on Saturday night calling for the law’s cancellation.
“This is amazing. This is the first time I remember Jews and Palestinians fighting together for something. This is a really big moment for people that believe in democracy and equality,” an unidentified demonstrator told a news channel.
A Jewish participant agreed, saying all citizens of Israel should be equal under the law.
“We, a lot of Israelis, believe that they [minorities] are entitled to be equal to us,” protester Dan Meiri said.
“It is the Jewish state but the people that live here are entitled to be equal to us across the board in education, in the army, in the universities, in the parliament – all over.”