I was stunned to read that Israeli lawmakers had approved a Jewish "homeland" bill ("Israel's Jewish homeland proposal could further heighten tension," Nov. 23).
The report stated that "since taking office in 2009, [Prime Minister
If this bill were to pass, it would further undermine the pretense of Israel's democratic character. Rights would be reserved for Jews but not for minorities, including Arabs. The legislation would also strip Arabic of its status as a second official language.
In a country where peace and justice should be a cornerstone, 1.7 million Palestinian-Israelis would see a further decline to their rights. Should a Republican majority take over in 2016 and pass legislation declaring the U.S. a Christian country, I would have to think of emigrating.
I look forward to a day when progressive Israelis become the majority and elect a government which respects human rights. But I am not holding my breath.