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October 2018
The Knesset is back.

We’re ready for them.
Dear friends,
In the late hours of the final day of its summer session, on 19 July 2018, the Israeli Knesset passed the “Jewish Nation-State Law”, a constitutional anchor that enshrines the superior rights of Jewish citizens, while entrenching the ethnic inequality and exclusion of Palestinian citizens of Israel.

This law, whose provisions are distinctly characteristic of apartheid, is a major blow to the struggle for equality and justice. But our fight to overturn it has only just begun.
Palestinian MKs protest during the vote on the Nation-State Law. (Screen grab from Knesset Channel)
Adalah took swift legal action on behalf of the Palestinian political leadership in Israel – represented by the High Follow-Up Committee, the National Committee for Arab Mayors, and the Joint List – by petitioning the Israeli Supreme Court to cancel the new law.
Adalah General Director Hassan Jabareen (left) & High Follow-Up Committee Chairman Mohammed Barakeh announce their petition against the Nation-State Law at a press conference in Tel Aviv.
(Photo by Rami Haider/Adalah)
Our analysis of the far-reaching implications of the legislation was widely used and cited by journalists, legal experts, activists, and political representatives, thus allowing us to shape and inform the public debate about the law in Israel/Palestine and abroad.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (left) meeting with Adalah General Director Hassan Jabareen (center) and Joint List MK Jamal Zahalka (right) in Washington D.C.
Adalah and its partners rallied international awareness by meeting with UN officials in Geneva, policy analysts in London, and grassroots activists in Minneapolis. As general director, I met with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in Washington D.C., who just days later in a speech described the Nation-State Law as legislation that “essentially codifies the second-class status of Israel’s non-Jewish citizens”.
Adalah Attorney Sawsan Zaher (second right), Arab MKs, and senior representatives of Palestinian citizens of Israel meet with U.N. Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore in Geneva.
Adalah is at the forefront of the global opposition to Israel’s most racist law. You can support our crucial work by donating today.
Israel's government recently made three shocking claims: The Knesset can make laws everywhere in the world, it can violate the sovereignty of foreign states, and it is allowed to ignore international law anywhere it desires.
The Knesset, which returns for its winter session this week, is now preparing to advance additional discriminatory and anti-democratic bills that would harm the rights of Palestinians in Israel and in the Occupied Territory.
These include a series of “annexation laws” which, if enacted, would allow Israel to seize more land from Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and annex hundreds of Israeli settlements to the state.
Adalah is currently battling the most dangerous of these laws in the Supreme Court: the Settlement Regularization Law, which legalizes scores of West Bank settlement outposts built on private Palestinian property. The state’s startling response to our petition reveals Israel’s explicit dismissal of international law and its determination to advance its expansionist plans.
Adalah Attorney Suhad Bishara (left) and Adalah General Director Attorney Hassan Jabareen prepare for a hearing on the Settlement Regularization Law in the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem.
Israel’s dangerous legislative campaign must be stopped – and you can help us. As we move into winter, Adalah will be:
  • Launching legal challenges against Israel’s new discriminatory laws;
  • Advocating to diplomats and policymakers in the U.S., EU., and U.N.;
  • Raising public awareness of the Nation-State Law and annexation laws.
Donate to Adalah today.

Join us in putting the Knesset’s discriminatory agenda in check.
In solidarity,
Hassan Jabareen, Adv.
Adalah General Director
More on the Nation-State Law: Read our petition | Read our position paper
More on the Annexation Laws: Read our report | Read the state’s position
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