Eliminate Arabic as an official language, says draft law

Ethnic Cleansing – Topic | Settlement Construction – Category

 1 November, 2011 |  Wadi Hilweh Information Center 

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — A draft law has been proposed by former Shabak head and Kadima party member Avi Dakhtir that would see the elimination of Arabic as an official language of Israel, leaving Judaism as the sole identity officially recognized by the state, and an alteration to the constitution that grants construction permits only to those of Jewish heritage. The draft law has already been signed by one-third of Knesset members, including members of Dakhtir’s Kadima party, headed by opposition leader Tsipi Livni.

The law stands amongst many to be discussed by MKs adjourning again after summer vacation. The coming winter is expected to be defined by a number of hot debates within the Knesset, notably new laws aimed at limiting minority rights for Muslims and Christians.

While this and other proposed laws have come under attack by human rights organizations, the international community is yet to break its silence. Palestinians face serious institutional and cultural prejudice, despite constituting 19% of Israel’s population – not including the 280-300,000 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, who enjoy no right to elect Knesset Members.

 A child stands over the wreckage of his house demolished by Israeli bulldozers

Wreckage of a Palestinian family home in Wadi Hilweh, Silwan

Israeli settlers’ construction on land confiscated under the Absentee Property Law

Source and more at the  Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem.

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