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Israeli Arab lawmaker resigns over Jewish nation bill



JERUSALEM – An Israeli Arab lawmaker says he is resigning from parliament for "ideological reasons" to protest the recent passage of a controversial law enshrining the state's Jewish character.

Labor lawmaker Zuhair Bahloul says he can no longer serve in a country that officially marginalizes the 20 percent Arab minority heights.

Bahloul, a popular sports broadcaster, is regarded as a symbol of Jewish and Arab coexistence.

Israel's 1948 declaration of independence defined its nature as a Jewish and democratic state.

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