Israel's Racist Nation-State Law Condemned

Israel's Racist Nation-State Law Condemned    Israel's Racist Nation-State Law Condemned

Tehran has condemned a controversial Israeli law that says only Jews have the right to self-determination, saying that such "racist" moves will lead to further instability and insecurity in the volatile region.  

"The illegitimate and racist Zionist regime was created  following the occupation of Palestine and the massacre of its true owners. The recent move by the regime's parliament is yet another proof of its racist nature and attitude," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said in a statement on Friday.

The Knesset passed a "nation-state" law on Thursday, which declared among other provisions that "Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it," Reuters reported.

The bill—which was backed by the right-wing government and pushed through parliament after months of political argument—stirred anger among members of the Arab minority who said it was racist, drew an expression of concern from the European Union and prompted protests around the world.

“We are concerned, we have expressed this concern and we will continue to engage with Israeli authorities in this context,” a spokeswoman for EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini told a news briefing, Reuters reported.

Turkey also criticized the law. “Identifying the right to self-determination as a right given only to Jews is the result of an outdated and discriminatory mentality,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The bill also effectively removes Arabic as an official language alongside Hebrew, downgrading it to a "special status" that enables its continued use in Israeli institutions.

  Judaization of Palestine

Qasemi said, "The United States' all-out support for the Zionist regime, the Trump administration's move to transfer the US Embassy to Al-Quds, efforts by some Arab countries toward normalizing ties with occupiers of Palestinian territories, the failure to punish this regime for violating international law and the daily killing of the oppressed Palestinians have emboldened it (Israel) to continue its policy of Judaization of Palestine and ethnic cleansing."  

He was referring to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Beit-ul-Moqaddas (Jerusalem) as Israel's capital late last year and the moving of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city in May.

The official was also apparently referring to overt and covert ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel in recent months.  

  Regional Security

The Foreign Ministry spokesman stated that such actions by Israel will undoubtedly increase instability and insecurity in the Middle East.    

The era of racism and apartheid has come to an end, Qasemi said, adding, "Racism in occupied Palestine will be eradicated through the efforts and resistance of the Palestinian people as well as Muslim and freedom-seeking nations in the world."


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