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    • Seth Halpern
    • 31.07.07 | 17:48 (IDT)

    If you want to demand equal civic participation (eg military or equivalent service) in a Jewish State as a condition of citizenship, restrict JNF leases to citizens and then prohibit any discrimination among citizens, fine. But it is wrong to condemn, a priori, the JNF bill when not only do Israeli Arabs rarely contribute to Zionism , they often identify with the Pals and their leaders behave like disgruntled ingrates if not outright traitors. The haredim, in contrast, are at least Judaizing the Land, which you take for granted at your peril. Moreover, the Jews have either been deprived of or given away more and more acreage for dubious benefits -- starting with the creation of Transjordan out of the original mandate and including all of Sinai, Gaza and most of Judea-Samaria. Where does it end? Even if the creation of Israel should supersede prior legal arrangements, non-sectarian democratic abstractions do not take precedence over Jewish survival in a brutal world. Plus, it's naive to think all or even most of the bill's oppponents are acting in good faith. For many the agenda isn't simply "democratic," it is post-Zionist. It's true that loyal non-Jews may suffer unfairly from the bill, but the remedy is to adjust the bill and other social arrangements to salvage their rights, not to send Zionism out to pasture.

    from the article: Violating the norms of democracy
    First published 00:00 31.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 31.07.07
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