Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ministers Committee Rejects Loyalty Bill

A legislative committee of Israeli ministers has rejected a bill offered by the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party which would require that all citizens make a "pledge of loyalty to Israel as a Jewish, Zionist, and democratic state, to its emblems and values, and serving Israel either through military service or through any equivalent alternatives." The rejection was unanimous save ministers from the YB party.

This bill was a disgrace, and rightfully came under attack from all elements of the Jewish community. I'm glad that this time, at least, the legislature stepped in and said "no", rather than waiting for the courts to come bail them out again.

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