The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Israel:
Demonstrations against the Apartheid Law

Aug 20, 2018

Tens of thousands of Arabic-speaking Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on August 11 against the segregationist “nation-state law” making Israel an exclusively Jewish state.

One-fifth of Israel’s citizens speak Arabic. They were promised equality in the Declaration of Independence in 1948 but that was a lie. They are still considered second class citizens. Now this law passed in July authorizes segregation and discrimination against them. Hebrew is now the only official language, where before Arabic was also used. The law also allows building cities reserved only for Jewish citizens.

Protestors held signs in Hebrew and in Arabic calling for equality. There have been weeks of rallies, including by members of the Muslim Druze community who used to have more rights than Israeli Arabs.

Israel's right-wing path shows brutally how much all people living there – including Jews – suffer from the most backwards and racist ideas.