In another discriminatory move, an Israeli parliamentary committee has approved a bill which allows Israeli communities not to admit Palestinians.
The Knesset’s so-called Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved the second and third readings of a bill which allows communities having less than 500 people to appoint admissions boards capable of rejecting residents if they do not meet the criteria of “suitability to the community’s fundamental outlook.”
The proposal provoked anger among Israeli-Arab lawmakers, who said the bill paves the way for Jews to reject Palestinians from their communities.
Many Arab lawmakers described the bill as discriminatory and racist and walked out of the Knesset debate in protest.
“This law allows the establishment of Jewish communities that want to prevent Arab residents from entering. All of the bill’s stipulations exist only in the Jewish sector,” said lawmaker Taleb El-Sana from the United Arab List — Ta’al.
“As a sign of protest, we are leaving. We will not be a part of a debate on this racist and fascist law. This is disgraceful — you have crossed the line,” he added.
The bill, which was proposed 10 years ago, is due to be presented before the Knesset in the coming weeks.