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Israel approves 'Jewish nation state ' law

Israel approves 'Jewish nation state ' law

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Israel has approved a controversial law that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people - leading to accusations that it discriminates against Arabs. The Jewish Nation-State Bill, passed just after the state marked the 70th anniversary of its birth, was hailed as a "defining moment in the annals of Zionism" by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.But critics, including many Arabs, however, said it was racist and discriminatory, planting the seeds of an "apartheid state".The law, backed by the right-wing government, was passed with a 62-55 vote and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament, after months of political argument.Some Arab MPs shouted and ripped up papers after the vote.The bill enshrines Hebrew as the only official language of the state, stripp...