Saudi Arabia has condemned the new Israeli law calling it as ‘perpetuating racial discrimination’ against Palestinians. Israeli government had earlier announced a legislation describing the nation as the state of Jewish people. It defines the establishment of Jewish communities as being in the national interest. The new law has also downgraded the Arabic language to the one with special status, according to the reports.
On Friday night, the SPA (Saudi press agency) released a statement saying that Saudi Arabia “rejects and condemns” the new legislation that challenges the international law. A Saudi foreign ministry official has called on the international community to “confront such a law and or other Israeli attempts, intended at perpetuating racial discrimination against the Palestinian people.”
Earlier in April, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had reiterated that Israelis, as well as Palestinians have the right to have their own land”. Arab citizens have been complaining about the discrimination from a long time. Even after accounting for some 17.5 per cent of Israel’s more than eight million population, they have been deprived of their rights.
The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council consisting of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates also condemned the new law. GCC secretary general Abdullatif al-Zayani while commenting on the law said that it “reflected the administration of racism and discrimination against the Palestinian people.” He also accused Israel of trying to demolish the national identity of Palestinians while depriving them of their legitimate civil and human rights.