Adalah takes on Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law in the Supreme Court

Israeli Supreme Court hearing on petitions against law held 22 December; Adalah: The law's distinct apartheid characteristics guarantee Israel’s ethnic-religious character as exclusively Jewish, while anchoring discrimination and racism against Palestinian citizens.

An expanded panel of 11 Israeli Supreme Court justices convened in Jerusalem on Tuesday morning, 22 December 2020, at 9 AM (GMT +2), for hearings on a series of 15 petitions filed against Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law.



Adalah General Director Hassan Jabareen (far right) arguing before 11 Israeli Supreme Court justices on 22 December 2020. (Screenshot: Israeli Judicial Authority/Israeli Government Press Office)



CLICK HERE to read the full transcript of Tuesday's Israeli Supreme Court hearing [Hebrew]


CLICK HERE or above for the full video of the hearing [Hebrew]


CLICK HERE or above for a video excerpt of Adalah General Director Hassan Jabareen's response to the state during the hearing [Hebrew]


On 19 July 2018, the Israeli Knesset voted 62 to 55 to approve the Jewish Nation-State Law that constitutionally enshrines Jewish supremacy and the identity of the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.


Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel filed a Supreme Court petition against the Jewish Nation-State Law less than a month later, on 7 August 2018.


The petition was submitted against the Knesset on behalf of the entire Arab political leadership in Israel: the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, the National Committee of Arab Mayors, the Joint List parliamentary faction, and in the name of Adalah. 


Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law – which has distinct apartheid characteristics – guarantees the ethnic-religious character of Israel as exclusively Jewish and entrenches the privileges enjoyed by Jewish citizens, while simultaneously anchoring discrimination against Palestinian citizens and legitimizing exclusion, racism, and systemic inequality.


Adalah’s petition stresses that "a law that denies the civil and national rights of Palestinians in their homeland is racist, colonialist, and illegitimate."


CLICK HERE or on the above image for Adalah’s special web page on Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law