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Ashrawi: 'Israel is legalizing apartheid'

July 20, 2018 12:00 P.M. (Updated: July 22, 2018 10:35 A.M.)
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi (File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly denounced on Thursday the Israeli Knesset's adoption of the "Jewish Nation-State" Bill saying that with this law, Israel is legalizing apartheid.

Ashrawi said in a statement that "The 'Jewish Nation-State' law gives license to apartheid, discrimination, ethnic cleansing, and sectarianism at the expense of the Palestinian people. Such racist and prejudicial legislation is illegal by all standards of international law, democracy, humanity, justice, tolerance, and inclusion."

Ashrawi added that the Israeli "right-wing government coalition" has exposed its "true character" by demonstrating that it is bent on sustaining an official policy of "ethnic purity and supremacy," which regulates the indigenous Palestinian citizens to second-class status.

"This also affirms Israel's willful intent to erase the Palestinian narrative, presence and continuity on the land, while actively eradicating the history, culture and identity of the Palestinian people which predate the creation of the state of Israel."

Ashrawi's statement said that "the U.S. administration's blind bias in favor of Israel and its total disdain for international law" have emboldened Israel to persist with such "unlawful and immoral policies."

She called upon all members of the international community and people of conscience to question "such legislation and blatant discriminatory policies" and bring Israel to compliance with the norms and standards of civilized behavior.

"Despite all Israeli efforts at eradicating our rights and our identity, the Palestinian people's resilience and determination to attain their freedom and historical validation will prevail."
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