False choice -- neither "majority of citizens" nor "religion", but "people" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Serge
    • 23.10.10 | 11:25 (IST)

    I found this article very surprising. Its premise is a false choice between either an identity-free state based on "the majority of its citizens", or a "definition based on religion". No Hebrew-speaking person, even an Ashkenazi applying post-Enlightenment European concepts to the Middle East around them, can seriously believe that to be Jewish is a definition "based on religion". Rather, it is a definition based on a people, as that term is defined at international law. There is a Hebrew word for this. Perhaps Mr. Rosenblum has heard it. It is an 'am, as in 'am yehoudi.

    from the article: Who will recognize the Israeli nation?
    First published 02:41 22.10.10 | Last updated 02:41 22.10.10
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