Former ICWA fellow Neri Zilber (Israel, 2011-2013) reports on the Israeli government’s portrayal of a protest against the country’s nation-state law earlier this month. The new law states that “the right to exercise national self-determination” in Israel is “unique to the Jewish people.”

“As an expression of Arab-Jewish solidarity inside Israel, the event was a major success—perhaps even historic,” Neri writes of the protest. “Standing among the masses of Arabs and Jews exercising their right to free speech under the umbrella of Israel’s democracy, this long-sought unity of the Israeli Left didn’t seem like such an impossible dream. But then came the condemnations from the politicians (including from the center-left), the selective social media clips, and the skewed media coverage. The old divisions resurfaced.”

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