From the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, reprinted by permission.
Ed’s note: This is long, but close enough to our mission to warrant reprinting
in full. Here you have the definite guide to anti-democracy bills in the Israeli
Knesset, some that will be familiar to readers of this blog, some that even close
followers of Israeli democracy will be unaware of. Did you know that the Israeli
Parliament (Knesset) might consider banning face veils? Or that there was a bill
to restrict the Israeli cinema? Or that Israel’s embattled political opposition faced
further restrictions in one bill that passed its first reading? None of these bills have
passed as of yet. But they offer a window into what the next outrage might be and clearly
illustrate the steep downward trendlines of Israeli democracy. No doubt not all of these
bills will become law, but each will do their part to send a message to Israel’s political and
national minorities and oppressed groups about where things are headed. And exactly none
of them will be mentioned next time an official Israeli film festival comes to town, or the next
time an Israeli or American leader goes on about our shared democratic heritage.
by Attorney Debbie Gild-Hayo