Late in November 2017, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) published a summary special report, documenting a series of regulations and legislative initiatives introduced by the current 20th Knesset. These reflect a systematic, frenetic effort made by the ruling right wing to promote and consolidate its positions and power in various spheres by means of curtailing the democratic space in Israel.

Titled Overview of Anti-Democratic Legislation in the 20th Knesset, the ACRI report states: “In recent years we have witnessed a disturbing trend toward the erosion of democratic values in Israel and the promotion of anti-democratic initiatives.” According to ACRI, it is particularly alarming that democratic values are being undermined and the rules of the democratic process are being broken in the Knesset  Israel’s parliament and the heart and symbol of Israeli democracy. Statements and actions by senior political figures have far-reaching ramifications and influence on the attitudes of the Israeli public regarding democracy, human rights, political, social and ethnic rights of the minorities, rule of law, etc.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.