British Government’s Current Position: Israel’s Nation State Law

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 26 November 2018

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Politics and Government. HL11814

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent to the government of Israel by four UN Special Rapporteurs which stated that those Rapporteurs held “deep concerns” about the nature of Nation State Law.

A Answered by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) on 06 December 2018

We have not made an assessment of the letter. Israel’s vibrant civil society and long standing commitment to equality for all its citizens are some of its great strengths as a fellow democracy. But as a friend of Israel, we are concerned about any development which would undermine this commitment, including the Nation State Bill which removes Arabic as an official language.

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