Inside Story

Israel: A law that divides and discriminates

Israeli Palestinians denounce law that declares Israel the nation-state of Jewish people.

Israel’s parliament narrowly passed a law that defines the country as a Jewish state.

It gives only Jews the right to self-determination, discriminating against one-fifth of the population which includes nearly two million Israeli Palestinians and other minorities.

The law also demotes Arabic, leaving Hebrew the only official language. 

The move has led to widespread anger, even among sections of the Jewish population. Israeli Palestinians are calling it racist and comparing it with apartheid.

So, what’s in store for non-Jews? How will regional powers react to the controversial law?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Emmanuel Navon – Tel Aviv University 

Mukhaimer Abu Saada – Al Azhar University, Gaza

Gil Hoffman – chief political correspondent at the Jerusalem Post