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

Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law

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 Arab legislators in Israel's Parliament, and the Palestinian people, the bulk of whose territories were taken away from them to create the State of Israel in 1948, have called the new Israeli law "racist" and the legalisation of "apartheid".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for his part, has hailed the legislation, describing its passage as a "defining moment for Zionism and Israel".

Saying that the remarks amounts to erasing the Palestinian people from their homeland physically and legally, Kalin called on the world to reject the legislation. The new law in no way detracts from the individual rights guaranteed to the citizens of Israel and all its residents.

The law, which had been passed by the Israeli Knesset on Thursday, has affirmed that Jews had the right to self-determination in the country and downgraded the language of Arabic from being an official to having "special status".

Early drafts of the legislation went further in what critics at home and overseas saw as discrimination towards Palestinian citizens of Israel, who have long said they are treated as second-class citizens.

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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. He compares the new law to Israel's declaration of independence written 70 years ago. A large influx of non-Jews could eventually make Jews a minority in their own country, government officials say. Not only is there "no right to equality" in the country, Israeli legislation "already privileges the protection of a "Jewish state" over equality for non-Jewish citizens".

Saudi Arabia has joined the UAE in slamming a controversial Israeli law as "perpetuating racial discrimination" against Palestinians by defining the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, state media reported.

The issue is the latest source of tension between Israel and Turkey, one of the Jewish state s few key Muslim partners. He tells JNS that he "is all in favor of the idea of having a Jewish nation-state law".

"We have determined in law the founding principle of our existence", he said. "We will keep ensuring civil rights in Israel's democracy but the majority also has rights and the majority decides", he said last week.

The EU, as well as both Jewish and non-Jewish Human Rights Groups, have all condemned the bill, comparing Israel to an "Apartheid State".

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