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    • Ben Alofs
    • 19.10.10 | 14:37 (IST)

    You are a cheeky fellow. I am a Dutchman and I know one thing: the Netherlands is the state of its citizens, not an ethnocracy like Israel. Article 1 of the Dutch constitution states: "All persons in the Netherlands shall be treated equally in equal circumstances. Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, political opinion, race or sex or on other grounds whatsoever shall not be permitted." Article 1 defines the Netherlands. Israel does not even have a constitution or a basic law that spells out the equality of its citizens as it is done in the Dutch constitution. You have the impudence to suggest that Israel is the same like the Netherlands. It most certainly is not. The Netherlands is a democracy, the state of its citizens. The only thing that the Dutch state demands of its citizens, is that they uphold the constitution, that has as its first and fundamental article the equality of all! Israel on the other hand is an ethnocracy: a state that is democratic for Jews, and Jewish for non-Jews, two quite distinct categories.

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