The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) echoes the concern of the American Jewish community and Israelis about the passage of the nation-state bill and other efforts to limit equality in Israel, including for non-Jews and members of the LGBTQ community. As Jewish Democrats, we support equal rights for all within a nation’s borders, whether here in the United States or in Israel.
The nation-state law is an abrogation of Israel’s founding principles of democracy, equality and pluralism. As the New York Times cover story states, “Now, a half century and one year later [after its founding], Israel has formally declared the right of national self-determination, once envisioned to include all within its borders, as ‘unique to the Jewish people.'”
While we strongly support Israel’s character as a Jewish state, this must not come at the expense of Israel’s democratic institutions and values.