Beyond Apartheid

Al Jazeera - Israel's decision to force all prospective Israeli citizens to declare loyalty to "a Jewish and democratic state" is not only racist, but designed to further institutionalise the dispossession of Palestinians.

It is ironic that the oath should include the term democracy as the law itself is a blatant exercise in state coercion.

As Adalah, a legal centre for Arab minority rights in Israel, puts it, the new amendment "requires all non-Jews to identify with Zionism and imposes a political ideology and loyalty to the principles or Judaism and Zionism".

Targeting intermarriage

In practice, the amendment to the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law - which requires that Jews and non-Jews applying for citizenship endorse the ideology of the state - is mainly aimed at Palestinians married to Israeli Arabs. Read more.


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