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Mazen Masri

Israel’s “Jewish State” Bill: Does it Really Change Anything?

[The Knesset building, Jerusalem, Israel, on Independence Day. Taken from the south, from The Israel Museum. Image by Beny Shlevich.]

The debate taking place in Israel on the bill for a Basic Law titled Basic Law: Israel the Nation State of the Jewish People has seen ebbs and flows since the idea was first floated in 2011. The bill, which aims to emphasize Israel’s Jewish character, is revived periodically and different Members of Knesset proposed different possible versions for it. If approved by the Knesset it would become part of Israel’s partial constitution- a number of Basic Laws that the Supreme ...

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Mazen Masri


Mazen Masri is a Lecturer in Law at the City Law School, City University London. His main areas of research are constitutional law and international law.