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    • Gideon
    • 18.11.09 | 09:53 (IST)

    Half of the world's Jewish population (me included) is secular. They have denounced religion. We are sick and tired of many gentiles' assumption, and of religious Jews' conviction, that we are followers of the Jewish faith just because we were born Jews. In fact, I find it downright offensive when anyone assumes that about me. It is high time that a semantic distinction is made between "Jews" - followers of Judaism and "Jews" - members of the Jewish People. Using a single term for both reflects and suits religious Jews' ideology very well, but leads to widespread misunderstanding and confusion as to Jews in general in Israel, among the Jewish People and worldwide. Any suggestions, anyone? How about "Hebrew" to indicate ethnicity, and "Jew" to indicate religion. Being Israeli-born and secular and my mother tongue being Hebrew, I have always felt Hebrew, never Jewish. It could work in Hebrew, too. Three boos for Intel, for giving in to those backward, racist miscreants.

    from the article: Intel to employ only non-Jews at Jerusalem plant on Shabbat
    First published 02:50 18.11.09 | Last updated 09:38 18.11.09
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