Israel’s Controversial Land Bill

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As highlighted in today’s Media Roundup, last week the Knesset (Israel’s legislative branch) passed a draft of a controversial bill which would allow the Jewish National Fund — an organization owning 13 percent of Israeli land — to discriminate against non-Jewish Israeli citizens in the sale and rent of its land. With the strong majority in its first reading, the passage of theJNF legislation appears assured, save an unexpected decision by thegovernment to put it on hold. The bill risks fueling racial tensions between Jews and Israeli-Arabs. According to the CIA factbook, 24 percent of Israel’s 6,400,000 inhabitants are non-Jewish. […]

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