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Guests on PA TV: All of Palestine is ours, from “the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea,” and it will “return to us”

Official PA TV program What's Your Opinion? on the Jewish Nation-State Law

Official PA TV host: "We are [here] today from the program What's Your Opinion on PA TV. After the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem and the [American] recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital came the [Jewish] Nation-State Law. What's your opinion about it, and why its timing?"

Palestinian man: "It is not illogical for a Zionist, right-wing, and extremist government led by [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu. This law targets us [and strives] to destroy the Palestinian Interior of 1948 (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel)."

Host: "What is the goal of this law if it's implemented?"

Man: "As I told you, the goal is the scattering of the Palestinian people within and outside of the interior, the weakening of our residents and our people from the 1948 [territories], the revoking of their rights – whether citizenship in the so-called State of Israel [or] rights of ownership and publication, they will lose all of the rights that every citizen enjoys in every state…

But Allah willing, even though [the Israelis] are implementing a policy and legislating laws, they will not crush us. We will remain, and Palestine is our right and is complete from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea. Allah willing, it will return [to us], and our capital is Jerusalem."

Host: "What is your name?"

Palestinian boy: "My name is Adam."

Host: "Adam, have you heard about the Nation-State Law? What have you heard about it?"

Boy: "In other words, why did [the Palestinians] go on strike?”

Host: "You, you- You went on strike, yes, you went on strike a few days ago in the schools. Why did you go on strike?"

Boy: "Because Israel says this is their country, that Palestine is their country. Gaza, Acre (i.e., an Israeli city), and all of the Palestinian cities. They say that they are [part of] their country, and that is wrong."

Host: "Why, whose country is it?"

Boy: "The Palestinians' country."

Host: "The Palestinians' country? In other words, you do not agree with this law?"

Boy: "Of course, this will remain our country in any case."

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations. The US embassy was transferred from Tel Aviv and opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.

 

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. The law, which passed with 62 in favor, 55 against, and 2 abstentions, has sparked controversy within Israeli society.

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