'Blatant Racism': Erdogan's Spokesman Slams Netanyahu's Remarks on Arab Israelis

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 13, 2019

"This isn´t a matter of right or left".

Netanyahu corrected her, noting that, according to a recently passed law, Israel is Jewish nation-state, although he added that his government has "no problem with the Arab citizens of Israel".

Criticising Sela's comments that a future Israeli government would require the backing of Palestinian members of the Knesset, he continued: "It's either a strong right-wing government led by me, or a weak left-wing government led by Yair Lapid and [Benny] Gantz, with the support of the Arab parties".

Critics say Benjamin Netanyahu, above, demonised Arabs in his campaign for the upcoming elections.

"Even the Arabs - believe it or not - are human beings, and the Druze and the gays, by the way, and the lesbians and - shock - leftists".

Netanyahu reacted with his own Instagram message, telling Sela: "Israel is not a state of all its citizens".

"It´s a matter of dialogue, of dialogue for peace and security and of our tolerance of one towards the other".

Gadot, star of "Wonder Woman", jumped to Sela's defence.

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"Israel is not a state of all its citizens", he wrote.

The Israeli parliament passed a scandalous constitutional law declaring Israel a "nation-state" on 19 July 2018.

The Nation-State Law, passed in July a year ago, declared Israel the "national home of the Jewish people" and effectively rendered Palestinian citizens of Israel second-class citizens.

He returned to the theme at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, where he called Israel a "Jewish, democratic state" with equal rights, but "the nation-state not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people".

Netanyahu has been accused by critics of demonising Israeli Arabs, who make up some 17.5% of the population, in a bid to boost right-wing turnout for April polls.

Netanyahu has come under repeated criticism following his remarks, with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin slamming the "unacceptable remarks about the Arab citizens of Israel".

Arab Israelis are Palestinians who remained on their land after the 1948 creation of Israel and are largely supportive of the Palestinian cause. As a result, her film was banned in a number of Arabic countries in 2017.

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