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    • Farmer Zach
    • 29.12.11 | 22:53 (IST)

    Not a fan of the religious right, but I feel sorry for the Haredim. They are made to think that Israel is a Jewish state and their national home, where they can enjoy the bliss absolute religious fulfillment, and when they act accordingly they get bonked and treated like Palestinians. Sorry folks, you claim that Israel is divinely ordained as the ancestral home of the Jews, so you have to expect a brand of primitive Judaism to find its way there. Zionism has planted this seed and you are now breeding it. And please don’t tell me that the Haredim do not represent the true values of Judaism. No religion has “true” values. It is how the believers interpret the texts and their inherited practices. As far as I am concerned the Haredim are every bit as Jewish as any other Jew in the world and have the same rights, including the right to practice their religion the way they want to in the land which they are told every minute of their lives has been handed down to them by God. Don’t like that? Then declare Israel national state of Israelis irrespective of religion, give the Arab Israelis their equal rights, and stop grabbing what you alone consider to be your rightful ancestral inheritance in Palestine. This is your only alternative. If you choose to remain a Jewish state, you are going to collect a lot of strange types of Jews (from your perspective) and they are increasing all the time. They will swamp you.

    from the article: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox protesters riot in flashpoint town of Beit Shemesh
    First published 21:42 29.12.11 | Last updated 21:42 29.12.11
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