The legislation, a “basic law”— giving it the weight of a constitutional amendment — omits any mention of democracy or the principle of equality, in what critics called a betrayal of Israel’s 1948 Declaration of Independence, which ensured “complete equality of social and political rights” for “all its inhabitants” no matter their religion, race or sex.
Critics say it undermines Israeli democracy and sidelines the country’s non-Jewish minorities. Approximately 20 percent of Israelis are Arab.
Some Arab protesters waved Palestinian flags and others held signs reading “equality”. It was the second major protest against the law in recent weeks.
AP, New York Times