Israel cannot be both a Jewish state and a democracy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Helen
    • 17.06.11 | 22:19 (IDT)

    Surely it is time to question the assumption that true Jewish values equate with ideals of equality for all ie,democracy. By its very nature, Judaism is an essentially a tribal religion; a religion that has not yet transcended its tribal beginnings to universality. Whilst the creation of Israel was initially supported etc as a safe haven, its existance is now increasing justified by Israel's political elite by the biblical argument - that the land was given to the Jews by God; that there is an unbreakable connection between the land and Jews regardless of where these people have lived for thousands of years, but no connection between the land and Palestinians, (who are often described as 'imaginery' or a made up people). I think this is nonsense, but if this is accepted and used to also justify further displacement of Palestinians from land and resources in the WB via the vile settlements, then it is difficult to see how the non-Jewish can be afforded equal rights or democratic ideals flourish within Israel. A Jewish and democratic Israel is a contradiction in terms. And isn't it time to make that point that the best protection for all people, whether Jewish or not, is to live in States where there is protection of human and civil rights. Jews are not the only minority who have been cruelly persecuted. Right now, it is the Palestinians, whether they are in refugee camps, O/T or Israel proper who endure varying degress of persecution.

    from the article: Raising the Goldstone bogeyman
    First published 03:01 17.06.11 | Last updated 03:01 17.06.11
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