The reaction of the international public opinion to a bill proposed by the Israeli government, which would enshrine a subtle form of apartheid, has been very weak. It was not too alarmed by the fact that life in Israel has already become a constant habit of discrimination and racism.
The law, called “the law of the nation,” was proposed by Representative Avi Dichter of the Likud. It was endorsed on Sunday by the Ministerial Legislative Committee and is being reviewed by the Knesset.
Dichter, former commander of Shin Bet (secret services), had already proposed the law in the past, as a MP for Kadima, when the party was led by Tsipi Livni.
The law refers to well-known issues. In 1948, the U.N. sanctioned the creation of a Jewish state. The Holocaust was recent and was very present in the minds of people. Many of those who died in the war of independence were people who had survived the death camps.