Israel already has towns designated by ethno-religious criteria - Jewish, Arab or mixed - and there are clearly no-go areas for Arabs throughout Palestine so this latest bill, like so many passing through the Knesset these days, merely adds insult to injury, compounding the racism of the most racist of states, the State of Israel.
Racism is vented not simply by the proposing or passing of these bills into law but also in their discussion. See this from Ha'aretz:What a lovely man. Zionists are particularly fond of pointing out that there are Arab members of the Knesset. They tend not to say how routinely they suffer racial abuse from their parliamentary colleagues.
Israeli Arab MKs were outraged by the proposal and walked out on the committee's discussion of it.
MK Talab al-Sana (United Arab List – Ta'al) called the bill racist and said it was meant to prevent Arabs from joining Israeli towns. MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List – Ta'al) compared the bill to racist laws in Europe during World War Two, and the two told the committee members before leaving the hall: "We will not cooperate with this criminal law – you have crossed the line."
The committee's chairman, David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu), responded to claims the bill was meant to reject Arabs from joining Israeli towns. "In my opinion, every Jewish town needs at least one Arab. What would happen if my refrigerator stopped working on a Saturday?"
But still, the committee chairman was only echoing the sentiment of the spiritual leader of the Shas party and former Sephardi Chief Rabbi, Ovadia Yosef, who recently caused no stir at all when he announced that gentiles were created to serve Jews.
From the Jerusalem Post:
“Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat.”That's assuming the Arab has kept the fridge in good working order.