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Knesset Disqualifies Bill Seeking Equal Status for Jews and Arabs

Knesset Speaker Yuli Yoel Edelstein in a statement said the 'preposterous' bill that would give Arabs equal rights as Jews 'must be blocked immediately.' PHOTO: Al Jazeera/Reuters

Legislation submitted by Arab members of parliament called for Israel to treat its Arab and Jewish citizens equally.

By Ali Younes | 5 Jun 2018

AL JAZEERA — Israel’s Knesset disqualified a bill that called for all citizens to be treated equally, rejecting the argument it must recognise the rights of its Arab minority as equal to the Jewish majority.

The text of the bill stated its objective was “to anchor in constitutional law the principle of equal citizenship while recognising the existence and rights of the two, Jewish and Arab, national groups living within the country”.

The bill was sponsored by Balad, an Arab political faction and member of the Joint List – an alliance of four predominantly Arab parties – in the parliament. […]

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