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The Israeli Knesset's Anti-Democratic Agenda

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-- efforts to delegitimize and infringe on legitimate human rights and social change organizations; and

-- attempts to weaken academic freedom.

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In sum, it represents extremist efforts to weaken Israeli democracy, or what passes for its current system, by destroying civil liberties, silencing minority views, and characterizing groups holding them as state enemies. In fact, "We are witnessing a reality of increasing tyranny against social, political, and national minorities, which harms their" rights and everyone's. Perhaps more disturbing is that surveys of the past two years show public support, mainly among Israeli youths.

The Knesset's 2010-11 Winter Session

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Begun on October 10, the Knesset will address some previous session's unapproved legislation and expected new ones to be introduced. They include:

(1) The Nakba Bill

As first written, anyone commemorating Nakba Day faced prison. It was then softened to deny observing persons or groups public funds, yet still threatens freely expressed minority views. The bill passed the preliminary reading, and may be addressed by the Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee ahead of its first reading.

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(2) The Anti-Incitement Bill

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