'Forget about right-left, Orthodox-secular, capitalism-socialism. Fairness should belong to everyone,' protesters say in weekly demonstration.22:22 28.11.15 | 0 comments
Over the years we read about La Republique Francaise, the cradle of European Democracy. It was no secret to Jews, at least in Algeria and Morroco during the days when they were in charge there that when you registered your new born children it was obvious that Moshe was Maurice, Efraim was Freddie, and Shalom was Charlie--no compromises there. Then in school, no kipot, and no exceptions about taking tests of Shabbat in government schools. For Moslems it was no better. The Bretons and the Basques, whose culture and language was not French were told they had to buckle under to hard fast rules--there was one official language and the central government would not tolerate any other. Did I forget the Savoyards that were promised autonomy when they became "French"? Sometimes we forget how enthnocentric Europe can be when we look for models. Perhaps it's because some of us Jews still insist "ba die Goyim s'iz besser".