In a Friday statement, Qassemi said the legislation bears witness to the racist nature of the Tel Aviv regime.
“The illegitimate and racist Zionist regime [of Israel] was formed upon the occupation of Palestine and the massacre of its real owners, and the recent move by this regime’s parliament is yet another testimony to the racist nature and approach of this regime over the past 70 years,” said the spokesman.
He further lashed out at Washington for backing Israeli measures.
“The United States’ all-out support for the Zionist regime [of Israel] and the Trump administration’s move to relocate his country’s embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds as well as efforts by certain Arab countries to normalize their relations with the usurpers of Palestinian territories and failure to bring this regime to justice for violating international rules and regulations and killing oppressed Palestinian people on a daily basis have emboldened them to press ahead with their policy of Judaizing Palestine and ethnic cleansing, which will undoubtedly lead to further instability and insecurity in the region,” said the spokesman.
“Gone are the days of racism and Apartheid,” he noted, adding that “racism in occupied Palestine will be stamped out, too, thanks to the perseverance and resistance of Palestinian people as well as Muslim and freedom-seeking nations across the world.”
The Israeli legislation has been widely criticized. Palestinian Resistance Movement, Hamas, slammed the legislation, saying it legitimizes Israeli racism. The Palestinian Authority also condemned it as a declaration of war. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the law will not change the historical status of al-Quds as the eternal capital of Palestine. He added the legislation will not discourage Palestinians in their legitimate struggle to resist the Israeli occupation and establish their independent state. Abbas urged the international community to stop such laws which he described as racist. Turkey condemned the move as well, accusing Israeli officials of seeking an apartheid system. The European Union also voiced grave concern over the issue.
The Israeli legislation says only Jews have the right to self-determination. It does not recognize Arabic as an official language in the occupied territories, either.