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EU expresses concern over Israel's Jewish nation-state law

It is now official that "The Jewish State of Israel" only gives the right of self-determination to Jewish people. "This is our state - the Jewish state".

"With the full backing of the Trump administration, the Netanyahu government shamelessly seeks to legalize occupation and antagonize the entire Muslim world", Kalin wrote in his column.

On Sunday, Israeli Druze leaders, including three Knesset members, petitioned the High Court of Justice against the Jewish nation-state, saying it was an "extreme" act that discriminated against the country's minorities.

Adopted with 62 votes for and 55 against on Thursday, the legislation will have a far-reaching impact on the social dynamics inside Israel and on the future of peace with the Palestinians and the two-state solution, they say.

Spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said on Saturday that thanks to the steadfastness of the Palestinian people the leadership's commitment to the national constants, the US-led "deal of the century" has been thwarted.

"By defining sovereignty and democratic self-rule as belonging exclusively to the Jewish people - wherever they live around the world - Israel has made discrimination a constitutional value and has professed its commitment to favouring Jewish supremacy as the bedrock of institutions".

The author dismisses opponents who complain that the bill marginalizes the country's Arab minority of around 20 percent or that it downgrades Arabic language from official to "special" standing. True, there are already legal ways to create segregated communities in Israel, but the new law would make the very idea of segregation something that is integral with the state's values.

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Some believe the clause is discriminatory because it appears to promote the building of Jewish communities, but not necessarily West Bank settlements, at the expense of non-Jewish communities.

"Today we put to bed once and for all the illusion that Israel is a democracy".

Following the vote, Palestinian members of the Knesset shouted and tore up papers.

Civil rights groups have denounced the law and some critics, including one Arab MP described it as apartheid - the state-sanctioned racial discrimination of black people during white-minority rule in South Africa.

The law does not, notably, say that Palestinian and other non-Jewish citizens of Israel are entitled to equal treatment under the law.

"We have determined in law the founding principle of our existence", he said.

The US-Palestine ties deteriorated last December, when Washington recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the "capital" of Israel and announced plans to transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

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