Dr S. Seidner #37 (& MV #38): no talking about a non-Jewish state - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • ivo
    • 27.09.09 | 23:49 (IST)

    nobody's talking about that. strenger is just pointing out the evident conflict in israeli society, only growing sharper w/time, but one which is NOT inherent in the idea of a "jewish state": the stranglehold & monopoly held by the rabbinate & a few small religious parties in key positions in government. you either do have a truly democratic system w/equal freedoms for all /not. there's an open discrimination in areas like marriage, burial & the status of jews acc. to halakha f.ex., which isn't necessary in order to keep the state jewish. w/reg. to "jewish" /not one has to think primarily in terms of ethnicity, although, it's true, in the jewish case the ethnic & the religious are intertwined & to some extent inseparable. but you can't have a situation where anything having to do w/religion can be imposed on anyone in any form whatsoever anymore. that belongs to the ghetto, before political emancipation of jews in 19.century europe. & i'm not talking about shabbat /the calendar.

    from the article: Why Israel must become a secular state: a thought for Yom Kippur 5770
    First published 16:53 27.09.09 | Last updated 16:11 13.11.09
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