Arab Follow-Up Committee Head to Meet with EU Foreign Policy Chief on Racist Nation-State Law

The head of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, former Hadash MK Mohammad Barakeh, will meet with EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini as part of the committee’s fight against the controversial Nation-State Law.

Barakeh said that the  passage of the  law constitutes racist conduct by the Israeli government against the Palestinian-Arab public in Israel, adding, “We’re confident this law will be annulled, even if it entails bringing down (Prime Minister) Netanyahu.”

At the same time, the High Follow-Up Committee also turned to the UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres as well as other international elements, asking them to immediately intervene against the legislation.

One of the main criticisms by the legislation’s opponents is that it fails to mention the rights of minorities. “It is no accident that this law doesn’t mention the word ‘equality’ once,” said the head of the Joint List Ayman Odeh (Hadash) to Washington Post. “For Netanyahu, we are second-class citizens, not equal members in a democracy that works for the benefit of all its citizens.”