What some Western media outlets called "Israel's controversial nation-state bill" is in fact racist legislation and advocates an official apartheid system. It is the last nail in the coffin of the two-state solution. It must be rejected by everyone who believes in justice and peace.
The bill stipulates: "Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people, and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it." This sends a terrifying message to the Palestinian minority of Israel and to millions of displaced and occupied Palestinians that they have no official place in the Jewish state. The Palestinian citizens of Israel are already treated as second-class citizens. The bill will make their status even worse.
It designates Jerusalem as the "complete and united... capital of Israel." This is another slap in the face of the international community and countless U.N. resolutions that have rejected the illegal occupation of Jerusalem and Palestinian lands. With the full backing of the Trump administration, the Netanyahu government shamelessly seeks to legalize occupation and antagonize the entire Muslim world. Let's remember that on Dec. 21, 2017, the U.N. General assembly resoundingly rejected by 128 to 9 votes the U.S. decision to accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. With this new legislation, Israel once again showed that it sees itself above international law.