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Israeli academic: Loyalty oath resembles racist laws of 1935

11 October 2010

By Asaf Shtull-Trauring, Haaretz – 10 Oct 2010

Over 100 people demonstrated against loyalty oath in Tel Aviv; warn ‘Israel is becoming a fascist state.’

Israeli artists, writers and intellectuals held on Sunday a demonstration against the cabinet’s approval of a controversial amendment to the citizenship bill, requiring non-Jews seeking citizenship to pledge allegiance to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

Over 100 people gathered in front of Independence Hall in Tel Aviv and protested against what they called ‘the continuous erosion of Israeli democracy.’

Actress Hana Maron read from the Declaration of Independence: “I will read this again:’ [the state of Israel] will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex’. This makes me want to cry. What has become of us?” said Maron.

The amendment to the citizenship bill is one of the promises Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made to Yisrael Beitenu in the coalition agreements. Since coming into government Yisrael Beitenu has advanced a long list of “loyalty” laws, which many consider to be discriminatory against Israel’s Arab citizens.

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