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Political: 23 March, 2011

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The Knesset passed two bills in late-night final readings: the “Nakba bill”, which allows the retraction of public funding from groups that commemorate the Nakba [the Palestinian "disaster" of the creation of Israel, commemorated on Israel's Independence Day]; and the “acceptance committee bill” which allows small communities in the Galilee and the Negev desert to screen potential residents to preserve the “nature of the community”.

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March 23rd, 2011 at 8:18 am

Political: 22 March, 2011

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In a Knesset plenum session on three new proposed bills (the “Nakba Bill”, “Communities acceptance committee law”, and “paying for the demolition of houses by their owners law”). During the debate, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said to MK Dr. Jamal Zahalka (National Democratic Assembly, or “Balad”): “your right to sit here and quack (like a duck) – is the Democracy.”

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March 22nd, 2011 at 8:29 pm

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Today, the Knesset Constitution Law and Justice Committee approved the “Nakba Bill” proposal, which denies government funding from entities acting “against the state’s principles”. The bill’s initiator, MK Alex Miller (Israel Beitenu), stated during the deliberation that the purpose of the bill is to show that “there is a limit to the extent of exploitation of Israeli democracy”.

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March 14th, 2011 at 8:52 pm