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Syria Strongly Condemns New Israeli Apartheid Law

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Syria has strongly condemned a newly issued Israeli apartheid  law that violates the international law and the historical rights of the Palestinian people through targeting their national, cultural and humanitarian existence in Palestine.

An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates told SANA that the Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms Israel's so-called "nation-state" law approved by the Knesset of the Israeli enemy in the early hours of Thursday.

 The adoption of the racist law perpetuates the apartheid regime of the Israeli entity, said the source, stressing that this law wouldn't have been issued without the limitless support provided by successive American administrations to the illegal Zionist entity.

The source pointed out that moving the US embassy to al-Quds has given the green light to Israel to press ahead with its aggressive and racist policies.

The Syrian Arab Republic calls on the International community to assume its responsibilities as to abort this law which contradicts all the principles of the United Nations and to protect the firm historical rights of the Palestinian people , including the right to return to  their homeland," the source added.

Following a stormy debate in the parliament (Knesset), Israeli lawmakers approved the so-called "nation-state" bill with 62 votes in favor, 55 against and two abstentions early on Thursday.

Turning a blind eye to 1.8 million Arab population in the occupied territories, the law asserts that "the realization of the right to national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish people," which number around 9 million, Press TV reported.

The contentious law also includes clauses stating that "united" al-Quds is the "capital" of Israel and strips Arabic of its designation as an official language alongside Hebrew, downgrading it to a “special status."

Palestinian officials denounced the law, describing it as a "racist" and "dangerous" measure.

In Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said on Thursday that the law formally legalizes “Israeli racism” and constitutes “a dangerous attack on the Palestinian [nation] and its historic right to its land.”

The Hamas official further said “regional and international silence on the occupation’s crimes" has emboldened the regime in Tel Aviv to pass one "extremist" law after another.

“All these laws and resolutions are baseless and they will not come to pass or change anything on the ground. The Palestinian people will remain the sovereign of this land,” he added.

Hamda Mustafa