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Ayelet Shaked: Israel must safeguard Jewish majority

Ayelet Shaked: Israel must safeguard Jewish majority
From Al Jazeera - February 13, 2018

Israel must safeguard a Jewish majority even at the expense of human rights, the country's justice minister has said, in a speech defending a bill that would legally define Israel as the "national home of the Jewish people" for the first time.

Ayelet Shaked said on Monday that Israel must both maintain a Jewish majority and democracy, but stressed that keeping the state's Jewish character may come "at the price" of human rights violations.

"There is place to maintain a Jewish majority even at the price of violation of rights," Shaked told a conference in Tel Aviv on Monday, Israeli media reported.

In her speech, Shaked, a member of the far-right Jewish Home party, also defendedthe so-called Jewish Nation-State Bill, which would constitutionally define Israel as the national home of the Jewish people for the first time.

"There are places where the character of the State of Israel as a Jewish state must be maintained and this sometimes comes at the expense of equality," Shaked said, as reported by Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

Shaked said Israel must administer equal civil, but not national, rights.

"Israel is a Jewish state. It is not a state of all its nations. That is, equal rights to all citizens but not equal national rights," she said.

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