Date: October 21, 2018 to October 21, 2018
Where: Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave, San Francisco, CA, US, San Francisco, California, United States, 94118
Event Type: Other
Ticket Price: N/A
This summer, the Knesset passed a new Basic Law. Because Israel has no constitution, its Basic Laws define the role of state institutions and provide the countryís civil rights protections. The new law, titled ìIsrael as the Nation-State of the Jewish People,î and known simply as the Nation-State Law, defines Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people and the right to self-determination in Israel as unique to the Jewish people. It also encourages Jewish settlement and makes Hebrew the official language of the state (giving Arabic ìspecial statusî). So what is so controversial? What does this law mean for Israelís non-Jewish minority? Join us to hear from Professor Eran Kaplan, who will break down the components of the new law and help us understand its significance to Israelís democratic character, as well as to its Jewish and non-Jewish citizens. Professor Kaplan, an Israeli-American, holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair of Israel Studies at San Francisco State University.