Benn's is the definition of an over-extended analogy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 01.06.11 | 09:27 (IDT)

    Arabs and can opt in and out of military service. By opting in, they serve their country the same as their Jewish colleagues. It's their choice, and the law would reward them for performing national service. If the argument in favor of this being "discriminatory" is that Arabs are more poorly represented in the military statistically, then carry this argument to its logical conclusion: that every ethnic dimension to participation implies discrimination. Regarding the analogy itself, it's instructive to note that for the Jews in pre-war Hungary, military service as a factor in admission/hiring would have been a step forward, not backward. 10,000 Hungarian Jews died fighting for that country in World War I. Ironically, by the measure of percent serving in the Hungarian military, an analogous affirmative action law in Hungary would have *increased* the number of Jews accepted to university (or civil service in Benn's analogy), not decreased it.

    from the article: Israel's Affirmative Action bill is reminiscent of Hungary's anti-Jewish laws
    First published 02:25 01.06.11 | Last updated 02:25 01.06.11
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