RNA - Several Arab members of the Knesset from the Joint List, Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour, and other senior Palestinian officials are trying to persuade the UN to pass a resolution that likens the “nation-state” law to apartheid laws.
Arab lawmakers, including Aida Touma-Sliman and Yousef Jabareen, met recently with senior UN officials, including UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, to discuss the legislation.
Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon cried foul, writing to Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein in which he slammed Arab lawmakers for the initiative and accused them of “causing great damage” to Israel.
“Over the past two years we have witnessed a close partnership between the MKs and Palestinian representatives in the UN working with the goal of inciting against and defaming" Israel and its military on the UN stage, Danon wrote.
According to Press TV, the new law adopted by the Knesset in July declares Israel exclusively for Jews, in what has been denounced as an "apartheid" and "racist" measure by many activists and political leaders around the world.
The legislation defines occupied Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel, downgrades the status of the Arabic language and encourages expansion of Israeli settlements.
Arabs make up roughly a fifth of Israel's population of close to nine million. They have long complained of inequality and discrimination in their former homeland where they are treated as second-class citizens.
The law triggered protest rallies by Israeli Arabs and Druze. Several countries have also denounced the legislation.