Israel passes law anchoring itself as nation-state of the Jewish people

Turkey on Thursday accused Israel of racism and becoming a state based on apartheid

Turkey on Thursday accused Israel of racism and becoming a state based on apartheid

Turkey's presidential aide on Saturday lashed out at recently-approved Jewish nation-state law, calling it as an attempt for legalization of occupation.

"The Jewish nation-state law features key elements of apartheid, which is not only immoral but also absolutely prohibited under worldwide law", said Hassan Jabareen, general director of Adalah.

Shuki Friedman of the respected Israel Democracy Institute think tank said much of the law is symbolic, but it would force the courts to consider the country's Jewish nature and lead to a more "narrow interpretation of Arabs' rights".

"This law will allow the state to treat non-Jews as second-class citizens", he added.

The law also revokes Arabic of its status as an official language alongside Hebrew.

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Israeli Arabs, who constitute 20% of the Israeli population, called the law racist and verging on apartheid.

"The new law threatens to drive a wedge between Israel and the Diaspora, and fuel the campaign to delegitimize Israel".

The new law, he went on to warn, "will only serve to legitimize the eviction of Palestinians from their land to make way for new Jewish settlements".

The speakers' remarks came during the 28th extraordinary session of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, now held in Cairo, which focuses on the latest developments in Gaza and the Palestinian territories, as well as the repercussions of the unilateral USA decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.

The American Jewish Committee said it is "deeply disappointed" by the law, first because it "downgrades" Arabic and second because it promotes "Jewish settlement".

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JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has long demanded that the Palestinians acknowledge his countrys existence as the "nation-state of the Jewish people".

Among the legislation's other commitments are promises to develop Jewish communities. The nation-state law, backed by the right-wing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament after months of political argument. "As long as al-Quds is burning, the Arab world will continue to burn, which is contrary to the necessities of regional security", Abu Rudeineh pointed out. I called it "a source of inspiration to believe in ideals that transformed us from Jews to Israelis".

"As a historian of European Jewry, I have to say that I find this announcement to be distressing in the extreme".

The question of Israel's status as a Jewish state is politically controversial and has always been debated.

"The law did not bring anything new because the same situation already exists in Israel since the founding of the state".

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"There are two kinds of opponents" to the law", he said.

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