"The Israeli Knesset's ratification of the Jewish-state law enshrines the racist practises against Palestinians and falls in the context of weakening the current political direction for a two-state solution", Dr Anwar Gargash tweeted. And considering the number of discriminatory laws already on the books (from family unification, immigration, land ownership, housing discrimination, etc.), it's not a stretch to imagine any number of situations in which the courts determine "Jewish" rights to trump principles of equality once the Nation-State Law is passed.
The "nation state" law says Jews have a unique right to national self-determination there and puts Hebrew above Arabic as the official language. The law of nation state adopted during a morning of harsh debates in Parliament openly discriminates against one fifth of population: Arabs who since creation of Israel in 1948 have full formal citizenship. Met with fierce resistance by progressive and moderate forces alike, including Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, a watered-down yet odious version nevertheless made it into law.
Arab MPs ripped up their papers in protest.
"As Jews and as Israelis we are committed to continue to fight against this government's authoritarian, ethnocratic agenda for the sake of Israel's soul as an equal and cohesive society".
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) has called for more "positive investment" in Palestine at its recently held general convention.
The Irish lower house of Parliament is about to vote on a bill which would prohibit the import and sale of goods from illegally occupied settlements in the Palestinian territories. That means broaching uncomfortable topics, embracing bold new ways to engage with Israel, and partnering with Israelis who seek our help. The nationalities listed include ethnicities without their own states, states without distinct or exclusive nationalities/ethnicities, and long-defunct "minority rule" colonial constructs.
"The Knesset has passed a law of Jewish supremacy and told us that we will always be second-class citizens", he added.
"The 'nation-state" bill is the exact definition of Apartheid...
Citing a Saudi foreign ministry source, the official Saudi Press Agency said late Friday the kingdom "rejects and disapproves" of the new legislation which it argued contradicts worldwide law. Since Israel doesn't have a formal constitution, it is imperative that the Jewish State has legislation that affirms the values and ethos it was founded upon. It's caused outrage among Palestinian-Israelis who say it's blatant discrimination.
But American Jewish organisations expressed their disapproval of the law.