Israeli Knesset approves Israel ‘Jewish state’

Israeli Knesset approved on Wednesday preliminary reading of bill that considers Israeli a Jewish state and considers united Jerusalem Israeli capital.

The reading was approved with 48 MKs voting in favour and 41 voting against in a tumultuous session that saw Arab lawmakers Hanin Zoabi and Jamal Zahalqa both removed from the assembly.

In a statement, the Knesset declared that the legislation would formalise Israel’s status as the “national home of the Jewish people.”

Moreover, it considers Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital, as well as Hebrew as Israel’s sole official language.

If passed, the law would eliminate Arabic as an official state language in Israel — a status it has been in force since the country’s establishment in 1948.

The bill will now be referred to the Knesset’s legal committee before being subject to a first reading.

Aside from Palestinians in the occupied territories, there are roughly 1.4 million Palestinians –Arab citizens of Israel.

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