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    • sabor
    • 15.08.13 | 18:20 (IDT)

    I just don't see Jewish hegemony in Israel. in the continuum you describe sit most European countries who do tend to have "state" religions. The US does not, but we do have inequality in substantive ways. Israel can and should improve, and it is distressing to see Israel become more religious each year, but there is just no comparison to Zimbabwe. Democracy is more than voting rights. It requires a free press, free assembly (although this is always limited in practice), and many other institutions of freedom. Israel does quite well on these counts. The right to return and civil marriage are two big problems, but not big enough to push the outer edges of democracy. Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, and perhaps Switzerland have a right to return for distant decedents of citizens. There tend to be strings attached, but the main difference is the notion that Jews are a nation, not a religion. If Jews are a nation, like the Japanese, then it isn't so unreasonable. The descendents of Israeli Arabs are Israeli. Even if born abroad.

    from the article: Jewish and democratic - who are we kidding?
    First published 21:57 14.08.13 | Last updated 21:57 14.08.13
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