Watch This Palestinian Rip Into Israel's New 'Nation-State' Law

Published May 9th, 2017 - 05:30 GMT
The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, at night. (Shutterstock)
The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, at night. (Shutterstock)

On Sunday the Israeli cabinet committee responsible for new legislation decided that parliament was going to get to vote on a new version of the 'nation-state' bill. 

The law is a controversial one that revokes Arabic's status as an official language in Israel, and says that, "the right to realize self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people."

20 percent of Israel's citizens are Palestinians whose first language is Arabic. Yet despite the fact that Arabic is supposedly an official language of the country, very few government services are available in the language. Its teaching in schools is more often associated with the country's intelligence services than teaching language's beauty - or the benefit of Arabic-speaking citizens. 

So, Janan Bsoul, a Palestinian journalist with Israeli citizenship, says in a new video for the newspaper Haaretz that, "Arabic never was an official language in Israel."

She tells the story of growing up in a country where the Arabic on roadsigns was gibberish, where important subjects were only taught in Hebrew, and where during her work for the government she was told not to bother to translate everything to Arabic.

It's a powerful watch - and something to show to the next person who tells you Arab citizens of Israel suffer no discrimnation. 

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