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    • Noek
    • 07.05.05 | 11:28 (IDT)

    I'm Dutch and I'm feeling more and more ashamed of the way my country treats foreigners in need of help, whether this is social, economical or moral. To learn that Israel takes this bad habit as an example hurts me even more: Export of discrimination does not sound like very honorable business. Still, to compare the Dutch law with the Israeli version does not hold. Foreigners have to pass an exam to obtain Dutch citizen ship, but at the same time the state offers "studies" to applicants. It's not perfect but completely different as from what Amos writes. Jorge from Buenos Aires said something true about the Dutch history (although that was more in the XVII and XVIII century). But in the last 40-30 years before 2000 Holland was an example of liberty and freedom. It has lost this in a reasonless fear of Muslims, but I refuse to accept it being generalized as anti-Semitic. There is nothing good in antisemitism, there are antisemitics in Holland and each of them is one to many, but it is not a country with a specific rude antisemitic history. Then Mike asked the Question; " I see no problem and no racism in that, .... If an Israeli Arab wants to marry a Palestinian, why can't they set up their joint home in Palestine?" Well, if you have a house, family, work or maybe a business in Israel then there might be a good reason not to move to Palestine. Could even be that in general you don't like Palestinians cause they have a habit of blowing up things. I mean for Jews who carry the memory of what happened in Europe between1933 and 1945 it surprises and shocks me to see such a reaction. These are phrases used by SS just before world war II. I sometimes would like to understand how a Jew can pronounce a sentence like that without feeling the pain of his ancestors turning around in his heart? I will probably be considered antisemitic too, but I am not. Regards,

    from the article: Does Israel want peace?
    First published 00:00 06.05.05 | Last updated 00:00 06.05.05
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