PLO official calls Jewish nation-state bill 'racist'

Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Secretary General Saeb Erekat on Thursday denounced a controversial Jewish nation-state bill approved by the Israeli Parliament as "racist".

The legislation gives only Jewish people the right of self-determination in Israel and strips Arabic of its status as an official language to be left with a special status, Efe news reported.

Erekat tweeted that the law which was passed in a 62-55 vote "officially legalizes apartheid and legally defines Israel as an apartheid system".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the bill was "a defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the history of the state of Israel".

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