bi·​na·​tion·​al | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈna-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce binational (audio) \

Definition of binational

: of or relating to two nations a binational board of directors

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Critics say the effort aims to delegitimize Israel and ultimately erase it from the map, replacing it with a binational state. Lisa Mascaro, Twin Cities, "Israel bars entry of U.S. congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib," 15 Aug. 2019 Critics say the movement aims to erase Israel and replace it with a single binational state. Ilan Ben Zion,, "Israel may block visit by congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib with support from Trump, who asserts the Democrats hate ‘all Jewish people’," 15 Aug. 2019 The victims were as binational as El Paso, the sister city of Ciudad Juárez in Mexico, part of the daily stream of people who drive and walk across the bridges in border cities to shop. New York Times, "Families of El Paso Victims Waited in Anguish After Shooting," 5 Aug. 2019 The city has had a binational feel because of its proximity and ties to its sister city in Mexico, Ciudad Juárez, and has been in the national spotlight for months. New York Times, "El Paso Shooting: Massacre at a Crowded Walmart in Texas Leaves 20 Dead," 3 Aug. 2019 La Inez’s immigration maze had just gotten more complicated — and binational. Washington Post, "Migrants risk it all seeking asylum. The answer in court is almost always ‘no.’," 24 July 2019 Mujica and Sanchez are leaders of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a binational group that had been involved with coordinating migrant caravans through Mexico. Daniel González, azcentral, "Immigrant-rights activist accuses Mexico of arresting him for political purposes," 19 June 2019 Last week Barrett was in Sheboygan for a meeting of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a binational coalition of 131 U.S. and Canadian mayors and local officials working to protect and restore the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Michigan charter outing provides fresh fish and perspectives," 15 June 2019 Their goal is to better understand common values shared by inhabitants in one of the largest binational metropolitan areas in the world. Carolina A. Miranda,, "A new U.S.-Mexico border? At the Venice Biennale, imagining a binational region called MEXUS," 23 May 2018

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1857, in the meaning defined above

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