TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The American-Israeli actress Natalie Portman has labelled the nation-state law of Israel as “racist” and a “mistake” in an interview with an Arabic newspaper.

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"The Nation-State law is racist," she said in an interview with Al Quds Al- Arabi on Wednesday.

"It is a mistake and I don't agree with it … (people's) lives are (being) affected on a personal level by decisions made by politicians."

"I only hope that we will be able to truly love our neighbors and that we can work together," she added.

Portman was referring to a law passed earlier this year that declares Israel as a Jewish state, with "united Jerusalem" as its capital.

This is not the first time that Portman has criticized the Israeli government.

In April she pulled out of a prize ceremony in Jerusalem al-Quds. The actress, who originally accepted the award, later said she was not willing to attend because "she did not want to appear as endorsing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu."

In July this year, Israel's parliament adopted a law defining the country as "the nation-state of the Jewish people".

The legislation, adopted by 62 votes to 55, made Hebrew the national language and defined the establishment of Jewish communities as being in the national interest.

It stipulates "Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it".

Palestinian leaders quickly condemned the move. "No racist law will undermine the rights of our people," Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said.

"We are proud of being a strong nation deeply rooted in our homeland," he added.