But Israel has no constitution - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Helen
    • 11.10.10 | 00:52 (IST)

    What really counts is that a state should be able to provide equality to all of its citizens regardless of their ethnicity or religion. Israel has no constitution, nor any anti-discrimination legislation. Israel defenders often state that Israel has an independent judiciary but so court decisions mean nothing if they are not given effect - as happens in Israel. So just would be non-Jews be confirming if they agree to this oath? Until you come up with a definition of Jewish this oath can bring trouble - you may think that "Jewish" covers the orthodox, etc but will it also cover the converted - will they be 'Jewish" enough for Israel? No state which has an oath for new citizens requires them to confirm either a race or a religion - merely to uphold law etc.

    from the article: The Jewish Republic of Israel
    First published 01:21 10.10.10 | Last updated 01:21 10.10.10
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