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Israeli Christian, Druze communities denounce ‘Jewish nation-state’ law

“On Sunday, the Catholic Church in the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds condemned the ‘nation-state’ law that cleared the Israeli parliament on July 19, The Times of Israel reported.

The Latin Patriarchate, which represents the Roman Catholic Church, said in a statement, ‘The law fails to provide any constitutional guarantees for the rights of the indigenous and other minorities living in the country.’

‘Palestinian citizens of Israel, constituting 20 percent are flagrantly excluded from the law,’ it added, citing an example.

‘It is beyond conception that a law with constitutional effect ignores an entire segment of the population as if its members never existed,’ the church said. ‘It sends an unequivocal signal to the Palestinian citizens of Israel, to the effect that in this country they are not at home.’

The legislation also violated international laws, the church said, calling on Christians to rise in protest against the legislation.”

“The law prioritizes ‘Jewish’ values over democratic ones, declares al-Quds the ‘capital’ of Israel, and sets Hebrew as the official language, relegating Arabic from an official language to one with ‘special status.’”

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