The essence of a democracy is that all citizens regardless of creed, color, religion, family background, etc, are all equal.
In Israel, a new law was enacted that defines the country as “the Jewish nation-state”. Normally, I support Israel and Israeli politics. But I cannot in good conscience, support this law.
While it is true that Israel is a Jewish nation and has been for thousands of years, there are other citizens who are not Jewish. They have every right to feel threatened by this law. It’s akin to removing the clause in the Constitution that creates a literal wall between religion and politics in America and stating that America is a Christian nation. Therefore, anyone who does not identify as a Christian does not deserve the same rights and privileges as those of the Christian faith.
One of the hallmarks of Israel, compared to the rest of the countries in the Middle East, is that it is a true democracy. Jews, Arabs, Christians, Atheists, etc, are all equal under the law. Women and members of the LGBTQ community are completely enfranchised. In their attempt to strengthen the Jewish identity of Israel, Israeli lawmakers are unwittingly played right into the hands of those who accuse Israel of racism and discrimination.
Israel is a beautiful country with loving people, exquisite scenery and some of the most delicious food I’ve ever eaten. I hope that in spite of this law, it will remain so.