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PLO official criticizes the Jewish Nation-State Law, saying it omitted “the original ones” – the Palestinians

Headline: "Erekat met with the director of Middle East Affairs in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs"

"Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat met with Director of Middle East and North African Affairs in the French Ministry for [Europe and] Foreign Affairs Jerome Bonaparte, who was accompanied by the French consul general and other senior French officials.
Erekat emphasized his condemnation of the ratification of the apartheid and racism law in the Israeli Parliament (refers to Jewish nation-state law; see note below –Ed.), according to which the State of Israel has officially become an apartheid state and a racist state, particularly since it established that only Jews have the right to self-determination, and omitted 20% of the citizens – the original ones, the members of the Palestinian people."

Jewish Nation-State Law – law passed by the Israeli Parliament on July 19, 2018, which codifies in Israel's Basic Law that Israel is the home of the Jewish nation with Jerusalem its capital, and the Hebrew calendar its official calendar. It establishes Hebrew as the sole official language and grants Arabic a special status, and it recognizes Jewish and Israeli holidays, memorial days, and the Jewish Sabbath as national holidays and days of rest - while guaranteeing the right of all Israeli citizens and residents to celebrate their holidays and days of rest.