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High Court rejects petition against Jewish nation-state law

The High Court of Justice rejects a petition against the quasi-constitutional Nation-State Law, which enshrines Israel as “the national home of the Jewish people.”

The justices rule that there are no grounds to throw out the 2018 legislation, which they say is meant “to anchor the state’s identifying components as a Jewish state, without diminishing the components of the state’s democratic identity that are anchored in other Basic Laws.”

In the sole dissent, Justice George Kara argues some clauses of the law “negate the core of the democratic identity of a state and shake the thresholds of the constitutional structure,” urging they be struck down.

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