Israel votes to assert its Jewishness – critiques call it vote for racial discrimination

The Israeli Knesset voted on the new version of the nation-state bill, which passed with 48 votes in favor, while 41 lawmakers voted against it. The bill holds that Israel is “the national home of the Jewish people” and that the right to realize self-determination in the state is unique to them.

While Israeli prime minister defended the bill saying it does not contradict equality, the Israeli opposition criticized it, calling it “a declaration of war against Israel’s Arab citizens and against Israel as a democratic and properly governed society.”