"Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people, and respects the rights of all of its citizens". The New York Times carefully speculates that this provision could "possibly aid ... those who would seek to advance discriminatory land-allocation policies". The new law encourages the state to pursue "Jewish settlement" and downgrades Arabic from an official language to a "special" one. Even many Israelis wondered why it was even necessary to legislate the country's obvious character and questioned whether it would have any practical implication, beyond stoking domestic tension and drawing global criticism.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday called on the worldwide community to intervene against Israel over the new law, calling the contentious piece of legislation "racist" and bristling at its affirmation of Jerusalem as the country's capital.
Turkey's foreign ministry also criticized the law.
Tensions between Israeli settlers and Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem have heightened this year since United States President Donald Trump declared "unified" Jerusalem the capital of Israel in December to later move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied Jerusalem in May. Not only is there "no right to equality" in the country, Israeli legislation "already privileges the protection of a "Jewish state" over equality for non-Jewish citizens". Arabs in the occupied territories form about 20 percent of the population.
Civil rights groups have denounced the law and some critics, including one Arab MP described it as apartheid - the state-sanctioned racial discrimination of black people during white-minority rule in South Africa.
"We [as Israeli Arabs and Palestinians] are not treated equally and we are fighting for our rights", said Mustafa Abu Raiya, a member of the Israeli Communist Party, known as Maki. "They did not exist".
Just a week ago a version of the bill explicitly sanctioned discrimination and would have required women and LGBTQ Israelis to sacrifice their rights to accommodate religious sensibilities.
"This new law is a clumsy act that takes us several psychological steps back". 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.
Nemanja Bjelica, Sacramento Kings agree to 3-year deal He and Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic were teammates on the Serbian national team and with Fenerbahce Istanbul in Turkey. Forward Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $20.5 million deal with the Sacramento Kings .
Birdies on the fourth and sixth provided a solid platform, before a run of three more on nine, 10 and 11 put him into contention. He predicted the lead number might get to 10-under before day's end and he seemed fine with that.
The People's Bank of China set the Chinese currency's central parity rate to 0.9 percent weaker against the dollar on Friday. Trump has previously described himself as a "low-interest-rate person", and so his comments are not surprising.
In the Swedish city of Uppsala, North of Stockholm, today recorded a temperature of 34 degrees for the first time since 1947. Neighboring Norway was hit by wildfires in 100 locations in the south last week, some of which were triggered by lightning.
Woods and the rest of the early starters faced an entire round of light rain, while it cleared out for the afternoon. Coverage: Live across BBC Radio, highlights on BBC TV and online, live text commentaries on BBC website.
But the companies have garnered praise from Trump, who has assumed bragging rights for being successful in lowering drug prices. We are making a big push to actually reduce the prices, maybe substantially, on prescription drugs".
With San Diego Comic-Con upon us, we'll review what's been announced and share some thoughts on what we hope to see at SDCC. Zachary Levi , (Chuck), stars as the superhero version of Shazam , who is literally a boy inside a man's body.
Once again his tee shot went left, passing through the legs of a spectator and coming to rest in the wispy rough near a tree. Fleetwood entered the weekend on five under par - just one off the lead - while McIlroy started Saturday on four under.
The Spanish court also dropped European arrest warrants for five other Catalan pro-independence leaders living overseas . A Spanish judge has now dropped the warrants for Ms Ponsati and other Catalan leaders who fled overseas .
Florida man shot, killed during parking spot dispute
For a stupid reason! Store owner Ali Selous says McGlockton was a frequent customer who was there buying candy for his little boy. Gualtieri said only the details surrounding Thursdays incident are relevant when assessing the " stand your ground " claim.
Philippines again orders Australian nun be deported
Duterte has made no secret of his annoyance at Fox and has said he personally ordered an investigation into her activities. "After thorough review and deliberation, the BOC, composed of Commissioner Jaime Morente, Associate Commissioner J.
Gold slips to 1-year low
Regarding the Kiwi Dollar, the currency rose against its USA counterpart by 0.09 percent to close in the green at 0.67817 NZDUSD. Index heavyweight Samsung Electronics rose 1.85 percent and SK Hynix jumped 1.24 percent.
Sixers send Holmes to Suns, sign Bolden to 4-year deal
ESPN later reported that the cash was $1 million for Holmes, who had a non-guaranteed, $1.6 million deal with the Sixers. Holmes is set to make $1.6 million this season before becoming an unrestricted free-agent next summer.