Saudi Arabia rejects and disapproves Israeli Knesset's approval of the "National State of the Jewish People Law", an official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced here Friday, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
Factions of Israeli society, especially the religious-nationalist and the ultra-Orthodox camps, have been bitterly opposed to the many advances that Israel has made since its founding and that make us so proud: women's and LGBTQ rights, multiculturalism, religious freedom, and especially minority rights for Arab citizens.
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.
The legislation, adopted by 62 votes to 55, downgrades Arabic's status and makes Hebrew the country's national language. Some Arab lawmakers shouted and ripped up papers after the vote.
What is ironical is that this new unprecedented Israeli discriminatory measure, which seeks to form a sort of apartheid state, comes at a time when humanity is celebrating values of tolerance and acceptance of the other and the diversity of cultures and religions.
The law was passed because the "current leaders of Israel are extremists", said Sabbah, adding he hopes at one point new Israeli leaders will change the law to one that "treats all citizens of the state equally".
These Israelis of Palestinian origin are denied right to self-determination by exclusion, which is now enshrined in a rule of constitutional rank only in favor of Jewish people. "On the list are such items as "Mandatory minimum sentences for convicted stone-throwers", "'Anti-Boycott Law' - Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel through Boycott", and the charming "'Nakba Law' - Amendment No. 40 to the Budget Foundations Law".
Kontorovich dismissed the "faux outrage" against the bill as "simply another attempt to single-out the Jewish state and hold her to a double standard".
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the party called upon the global community to put pressure on Israel to abolish the "draconian and racist" law. Israel's Arab population is comprised mainly of descendants of the Palestinians who remained on their land during the conflict between Arabs and Jews that culminated in the war of 1948 surrounding the creation of the modern state of Israel.
For Ofran, "This nation-state law is not about ensuring Jewish rights; it is about dominance over a marginalised minority".
American Jewish organizations also expressed their disapproval of the law.