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Arab Joint List demands EU to condemn Israel for 'Nationality Law'

Sept. 2, 2018 3:00 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 6, 2018 1:04 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Arab members of the Israeli Knesset, of the Joint Arab List, demanded that the European Union should condemn Israel as a result of approving the controversial "Nationality Law."

A number of Arab MK’s will be leaving to Brussels this upcoming week, where they will meet with European Union representatives to ensure continued European support for a possible United Nations resolution, condemning Israel for the "Nationality Law" approved by the Israeli Knesset over a month ago.

MK Jamal Zahalka, leader of the Balad political party, said "We are going to Brussels to ask Europe remain faithful to its principles regarding the rights of minorities and human rights."

Zahalka added "They have declared war on us and on our rights through the Nationality Law. We have the right to defend ourselves by using the international community as well. We as a minority are in danger and demand protection."

Members of the Knesset are also calling on the EU to intervene in the appeal submitted by UNESCO, which states that the Arabic language will suffer "damages" in Israel, due to the law stripping the Arabic language of its designation as an official language alongside the Hebrew language and receiving a "special status" as Israel's second official language.

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