‘Resist Apartheid:’ Thousands Rally Against Israel’s Nationality Bill

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Above Photo: Thousands of Israelis challenge nationality bill. | Photo: Twitter/@TheIMEU

This is the second massive rally held in Israel against the controversial bill.

Thousands rallied in Tel Aviv, Israel’s capital, to reject the controversial Nationality Bill, approved by the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, in July. The march was led by Palestinian Israelis who make up around 20 percent of Israel’s population.

The protest included the left-wing political party Meretz, legislator of the Zionist Union Micky Rosenthal, rights organizations such as Peace Now and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and the members of the Joint List – a political alliance of four Arab-dominated parties in Israel.

Chairman of the Joint List, Ayman Odeh, said: “Tens of thousands of Arabs and Jews are moving in large quantities on buses to Tel Aviv because today we insist on delivering a clear message – a democratic state must be for all citizens.”

On Saturday at least 30,000 demonstrators marched from Rabin square to the Plaza of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art under the banner “Abolish nation-state law. Yes to Equality.” Protesters waved Israeli and Palestinian flags, wore kufiyas, and held signs condemning the law as enshrining apartheid.

Rallying cries included “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies,” and “resist apartheid.”

Protester Omar Sultan affirmed, “this law is against us, against the Arabic language, against peace, against our future in this land.”

Mohammed Baraka of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee warned in a speech “There will not be another Nakba. We are staying here.”

The bill has been rejected by Palestinians and members of the international community, which has called the bill an apartheid law, because it recognizes the right to self-determination as an exclusive right for the country’s Jewish majority, and downgrades the status of Arabic, from official language to “special status.”

Shortly after, prominent sectors of Israeli society, including generals belonging to the Druze Arab minority protested by leaving the army, and last week they organized a massive protest to demand the revocation of the law. The Druze community has also presented a petition to Israel’s High Court to block the legislation.

Last week’s march, which was organized by the Druze community, gathered 50,000 people.

  • Helen4Yemen

    Chairman of the Joint List, Ayman Odeh, said: “Tens of thousands of Arabs and Jews are moving in large quantities on buses to Tel Aviv because today we insist on delivering a clear message – a democratic state must be for all citizens.”….. a) “Arabs” and “Jews” are not mutually exclusive. Arabs are Muslims, Christians, Jews. Jews are Arab, European, African, Asian. This spineless man Odeh should find the courage to say that his identity is primarily Palestinian as the Yemenis’ identity is primarily. He should not allow his colonial invaders to erase his Palestinian identity and replace it with “Arab” and by which the colonial invaders are trying to say “the Arabs” of Palestine are not the indigenous people but “Arabs” who came from the Arab countries after the white Jew made the desert bloom.

    b) Palestine was invaded and stolen at gun point. The Algerians were not willing to have foreign invaders clinging to their soil nor did the Kenyans or Yemenis or Moroccans or Tunisians or Algerians. What is wrong with this spineless “Arab” that he is willing to share Arab land with total foreigners from Lithuania, Romania, Hungary, Germany? If Palestinians were given the opportunity to have their stay in a referendum, what would their wishes be? Palestine is not a Palestinian issue but a) an Arab issue, b) an Islamic Issue, c, an international issue. You the spineless one may be ready to surrender Palestine to the Khazarians but we the Arab people are not.

  • Helen4Yemen

    “Abolish nation-state law. Yes to Equality.” Equality between the invading foreigners who are holding the country at gun point and the invaded Palestinians? What prevents the invaders from returning home and living in equality with their own kind – other white Europeans? The land of Palestine was used by Christian Europe to remove the immensely hated Jews of Europe and you expect the Arabs to allow for their land to be used for such purposes? How – please tell me – is the white Jew known as the Ashkenazi related to MY region, the Middle East? Is he Middle Eastern? Where do I know you from? I have never been to Poland or Lithuania or the Ukraine … therefore, wondering how the white man can claim a piece of Arab land. If anyone has a good answer, I am interested to know what that is.

  • Helen4Yemen

    Rallying cries included “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies,” and “resist apartheid.” As I mentioned before, Jews are Arab, European, African, Asian and Arabs are Jews, Muslims and Christians. I am an Arab and I can tell you that I hate beyond description any foriegn Jew on Palestinian land and considering that there are no native Palestinian Jews on the face of the earth means that all Jews in Palestine are squatters. Your method of conquest is no different from that a rapist since you and the rapist must use overwhelming force to overwhelm the victim and get what you want. I REFUSE to consider you nothing else but MY ENEMY as long as you have not made the decent and right decision to simply vacate from our land. Nothing less than that would ever work. You gotta go home! Period. And nothing prevents you from going home except greed and leeching off our land.

  • Helen4Yemen


    “self-determination as an exclusive right for the country’s Jewish majority”
    It just sounds so odd that a white people would travel thousands of miles to a region to which they have zero ancestry ties and claim to be performing “self-determination”. People claim self-determination on their native lands. The Ashkenazi did have the right for self-determination from his own habitat of Germany or Lithuania or Hungary but not from a land inhabited by people of color on whose land the white man inserted himself without the consent of the natives. It makes no sense – none!

  • Helen4Yemen


    Last week’s march, which was organized by the Druze community, gathered 50,000 people.
    I am just wondering if the Druze community who are such sellouts did not have their women raped or the their people murdered and expelled as the Palestinian Muslims and Christians had to face when the white man arrived salivating after Palestine. This traitor community are between 1 to 2% of the Palestinian population and their say in Palestinian matters is restricted to their proportion of the population.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    Ayman Odeh has his position, because the invader Zio-sociopaths have murdered or imprisoned all Arab leaders that they could get their hands on, who were not quiescent.

  • The solidarity described in this article is as refreshing as a cool breeze on a hot summers day.

    For me this cultivates a glimmer of hope that Palestinians might have some support nearby – not just from anyone either since this support from within the oppressors camp is a good sign indeed.