Israel adopts controversial Jewish 'nation state' law

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Law stipulates Jewish people have ‘exclusive right to national self-determination’ in Israel

Israel has passed a law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, a move described by members of the Arab minority as racist and verging on apartheid.

The “nation state” law, backed by the rightwing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament after months of political argument. Some Arab MPs shouted and ripped up papers after the vote.

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