On July 30, Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Arab author, published an opinion piece in the New York Times about his family’s reaction to Israel’s new nationality law. It is a conversation between him and his family while driving in Israel. Marshaling the traditional litany of Palestinian grievances, the discourse almost marks the new law as something out of the long dark night of Nuremberg, where the basic notion of juridical man and its protections were removed from the Jews.
The Nationality Law confirms the obvious – that Israel is a Jewish state. Mr. Kashua asks what the law has changed. In a display of cynicism he answers, “In essence, perhaps not that much. It has turned de facto racism into de jure racism.”