The "nation-state" law, backed by the right-wing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament after months of political argument.
The sponsor of the law, Avi Dichter from Netanyahu's Likud party, has said the law aims to defend Israel's "status as a Jewish and democratic state".
The bill states that "Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people" and "the right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people". "I repeat this is our state". "With this law, we have determined the founding principle of our existence". This is our country. This is our anthem and this is our flag. They have long complained of discrimination.
Israel's 1948 declaration of independence defined its nature as a Jewish and democratic state, a delicate balance the country has grappled to maintain for 70 years.
Another contentious clause strips the Arabic language of its official status, instead granting it "a special status" and leaving Hebrew as the only official state language.
Ahmed Tibi, an Israeli-Arab lawmaker with the Joint List, an alliance of Arab parties and the third-largest faction in the Knesset, told reporters: "I announce with shock and sorrow the death of democracy".
"This is an evil law", he told lawmakers, adding that "a black flag hovers over it".
The legislation, dubbed the 'nation state law,' has been labelled by members of the country's Palestinian minority as racist.
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"Separation, discrimination, supremacy and racism have now been enshrined into the Basic Law", he wrote, calling on Jewish and Arab democrats to unite against nationalism and racism.
Benny Begin, the son of former Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, and the founder of Mr Netanyahu's ruling Likud party, abstained from voting, warning of the party's growing disconnect from human rights.
"As long as they act against the State of Israel and the Israeli army, I will not allow them to operate in the education system", he said.
Kontorovich dismissed the "faux outrage" against the bill as "simply another attempt to single-out the Jewish state and hold her to a double standard". Before it was adopted, 14 American Jewish organizations relayed their concerns to the incoming Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog, who has been a vocal critic of the bill himself.
Critics say it excludes the country's Arab minority, which makes up about 20 percent of Israel's population.
A parliamentary committee has approved a final draft of the Nation State bill, paving the way for the Knesset, Israel's parliament, to vote on its passage into law Wednesday.
It also bemoaned another clause that says Israel views Jewish settlement as a national value, which AJC said can be seen as a "euphemism for the originally proposed endorsement of support for Jewish-only communities in Israel".
Israelis who oppose the bill took to the streets to protest on Saturday in Tel Aviv.