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Israeli law distinguishing Christian, Muslim Arabs draws fire
Published Wednesday 26/02/2014 (updated) 26/02/2014 19:22
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during
the opening of the Knesset's winter session, on Oct. 14, 2013 in
Jerusalem (AFP/File Gali Tibbon)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A new Israeli law giving Muslim and Christian Arab citizens separate representation on a national employment commission drew fire from the Palestinians on Tuesday.

"This law aims to create a new reality among our people based on religion and not national identity," Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement.

Israel's parliament on Monday passed into law a bill expanding the equal opportunities commission from five to 10 members, and giving separate seats for the first time to representatives of Christian and Muslim Arab workers' groups.

"We and the Christians have a lot in common. They’re our natural allies, a counterweight to the Muslims who want to destroy the country from within," Haaretz daily quoted the bill's sponsor, Yariv Levin, of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, as saying.

It also sets aside seats for Druze, ultra-Orthodox Jews and families of Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia, all groups which have higher than average unemployment.

The bill was passed three months ahead of the first trip to the Holy Land by Pope Francis, who is to visit Amman, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem from May 24 to 26.

The Palestinian Israeli community has its roots in the 160,000 Palestinians who remained inside Israel following its creation in 1948. Today they and their descendants number around 1.3 million out of a total Israeli population of 7.9 million.

Palestinian Israelis have full citizenship and are allowed to vote, but have long complained of official discrimination.
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1 ) Tana / Us
26/02/2014 10:35
These actions further show the imposter state of Israel for the illegitimate bastard that it is. Trying to steal the land, cuisine and identity of Palestinians puts Palestine on the map! What more can Europeans do? Ethnic people of the Middle East these Zionist theives are not!

2 ) Thank GOD ISLAM treats / Jews and Christians
26/02/2014 10:47
as equals. Islam is the FAIREST religion.

3 ) Israeli ARABS have the / BEST LIFE of
26/02/2014 11:09
any ARAB ON EARTH (Including the OIL RICH STATES) Best Medical service Best National Insurance Best EDUCATION, BEST HIGH TECH.... HIGH STANDARD OF LIVING FREEDOM OF SPEECH, TRAVEL, ANYTHING Israeli Arabs live in VALAHALAH! So do ISRAELI CHRISTIANS.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/02/2014 21:02
To 'Israeli ARABS have the / BEST LIFE ' #3: that's precisely the argument Apartheid South Africa used to make concerning its black population.

5 ) Mel / USA
26/02/2014 22:26
Well heck,Israel! Why don't you go ALL OUT & have non-Jews wear mediallions on cords/collars around their necks to show they're untermenschen? Or tattoo their foreams with code numbers? Oh! I know,you can give Christians Arabs YELLOW-star embossed Israeli resident/work cards & Muslim Arabs just the gas chambers??? Shame on you Israel,for letting Nazi-Zionism be your echo-chamber-pot! No wonder you stand more&more alone!So deja vu!

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
27/02/2014 21:59
To Mel #5: 'Oh! I know,you can give Christians Arabs YELLOW-star embossed Israeli resident/work cards & Muslim Arabs just the gas chambers??? ' It's a bit late in the day for that. "Divide and conquer' is an excellent strategy -- but Israel should have implemented it starting with the Nakba. Actually, some tried, but they just got carried away. An Arab is an Arab...
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