For the past few weeks, the Palestinians and their leaders have been raising strident voices against Israel’s new Nation-State Law, which specifies the nature of the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The Palestinians have condemned the law as “racist” and claimed that it paves the way for Israel becoming an “apartheid state.”
This week, Palestinians declared a general strike in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to protest the law, which, they say, “eliminates the two-state solution.”
It is far from clear, however, why the Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip should be concerned about the new law. The Palestinians living in these areas are not Israeli citizens and are not part of the Israeli political system. The Palestinians living in these areas have their own (Palestinian) citizenship, their own flag, their own parliament and their own government. They are not affected by the law in any way. This fact renders their opposition to the law little less than ridiculous.
Because they have their own parliament and state institutions, the Palestinians are free to pass any laws they wish without seeking permission from Israel or any other party.
Most people are unaware that the Palestinians do have their own laws, including the “Palestinian Basic Law,” which was passed by the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2002.
Why is it important to remind the world of this Palestinian law now?