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Israeli ministers call for change in controversial Nationality Law

Paying tribute to the Druze community and its contribution to the country, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman called to change the controversial Nationality Law, which anchors the Jewish character of the State of Israel.
Israeli policemen and family members of Israeli border police officer Yezen Falah attend his funeral in the Druze village of Kisra-Sumei, northern Israel, March 28, 2022.

On May 15, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) authorized to publish the name and photo of Druze Col. Mahmoud Kheir el-Din, who was killed by friendly fire in a covert operation in the Gaza Strip in 2018. Kheir el-Din, 41 at the time, had participated in a special operation by the Intelligence Division. He was awarded a medal posthumously on the chief-of-staff's commendation. Due to security considerations, his name and photo could not be released until now.

All at once, he became a hero. His death raised a painful issue for the country’s Druze community — the controversial “Nationality Law,” which anchors the Jewish nature of the State of Israel. Various parties in the coalition called for the law to be repealed immediately.

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