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The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) said passage "will anchor discrimination and separatism in Israeli law," based on vague criteria, including "fitting with the life of the community" or "fitting with the social fabric," meaning no Arabs need apply. Or perhaps single parents, disabled persons, same-sex couples, Mizrachi Jews, or others deemed undesirable.

The other is called the Nakba Law, officially the Budget Principles Law (Amendment 39) - Reducing Budgeting Support for Activities Contrary to the Principles of the State, letting Finance Ministry bureaucrats fine municipalities and public institutions for:

-- publicly supporting organizations commemorating the Nakba, Israel's Independence Day;

-- opposing the term "Jewish and democratic State;" or

-- violating State symbols.

ACRI said "(t)his bill severely damages freedom of political expression, freedom of artistic expression, and freedom of protest, which are basic rights and are essential to the very existence of a democracy."

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Of course, Israel isn't a democracy and never was,  affording rights solely to Jews, increasingly fewer of them, the more privileged like in America. Others more than ever are on their own sink or swim, the reality major media in both countries downplay or don't report.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/ .

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...whenever things are "too quiet" around Israel, ... by Bia Winter on Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 8:43:04 AM
now you're talking... by Michael Anthony on Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 2:36:33 PM
many Israeli products in American supermarkets and... by GLloyd Rowsey on Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 6:10:28 PM
Dear Stephen, You have covered the recent histo... by Larry Snider on Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 1:14:45 PM