Israel: Parliament approves 'Jewish nation-state bill' amid protests

The Israel Knesset approved the ‘Jewish nation-state bill’ in its second and third readings, with 62 votes to 55, in Jerusalem on Thursday. Arab-Israeli politicians of the Joint List party left the parliament in protest, chanting ‘apartheid, apartheid’ against the new law. Critics say the legislation is discriminatory against minorities such as Arabs, the LGBT community and Ethiopian Jews in... Еще Israel. The law declares Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. It will entail measures such as making Hebrew the official language while sidelining Arabic to a 'unique status' and legally binding the Hebrew calendar as the official calendar. One of the contested aspects of the bill, which has even drawn criticism from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, allows 'a community, including members of one religion or of one nationality, to maintain a separate communal settlement.'

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