You may have heard, Israel passed the “nation state” bill, which declares “the right to national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish people,” and strips Arabic from its status as an official language. The bill once included even more crude language about creating housing communities exclusive for Jews, but the language was ultimately softened. Don’t be fooled, though, housing discrimination is still the norm in Israel, where “admission committees” reject applicants they deem not “culturally suitable” (with the endorsement of the Israeli Supreme Court no less), and where religious leaders openly call on Israelis to not rent homes to non-Jews. By the way, if you want to know what the intent of this bill is, you don’t have to guess, because one of its Likud sponsors in the Knesset already told us: “to prevent even the slightest thought, let alone attempt, to transform Israel to a country of all its citizen.” There is a silver-lining, though: The bill merely puts on paper what is already Israeli policy in practice, so at least people can stop pretending now that Israel is a liberal democracy that respects human rights.

PS: Here is our Deputy Director drawing an analogy for what it would be like if this happened in the US.