Israel dismisses Arab lawsuit by citing Jewish Nation-State Law

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Tents and shacks used as habitats by Palestinians are pictured in the village of Um al-Kheir in "area C", in front of the Jewish settlement of Karmiel, near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on June 14, 2020. - Israel intends to annex West Bank settlements and the Jordan Valley, as proposed by US President Donald Trump, with initial steps slated to begin from July 1. "Area C" is a stretch of land accounting for 60 percent of the West Bank over which Israel has control under the terms of the Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the Palestinians in the 1990s. It is extremely difficult for Palestinians to receive building permits from Israeli authorities for that area. (Photo by HAZEM BADER / AFP) (Photo by HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images)
Tents and shacks used as habitats by Palestinians are pictured in the village of Um al-Kheir in «area C», in front of the Jewish settlement of Karmiel, near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on June 14, 2020

An Israeli court used the country’s nation-state law to reject a lawsuit by two Arab schoolchildren yesterday, further dividing the country along lines of ethnic and religious identity.

The lawsuit, representing siblings aged 6 and 10, was filed by their uncle, Nezar Bakri, who demanded that the municipality of Karmiel pay them 25,000 shekels ($7,500) as reimbursement for travel expenses incurred by having to travel to an Arabic-language school outside the city.

The lawsuit was dismissed yesterday on the grounds that to take such action would have an impact on the city’s «Jewish character» by initiating a demographic change. The plaintiffs were ordered to pay costs.

«Karmiel, a Jewish city, was…

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