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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 06.05.05 | 15:21 (IDT)

    Mr. Shocken's plea for justice and a more equitable legal status for Arab citizens of Israel is laudable but unfortunatly Israel is already a state that is Jewish but not democratic and this recent attempt to codify discrimination in marriage laws is a glaring example of the failure of zionism. Can one imagine the codification, both by the legislative and the judical branches of government of a law, say in Great Britain, whereby British subjects of Irish background living in Engalnd would be forbidden to marry spouses from Eire and bring them back to England? As Mr. Shocken states in his own article, this law has nothing whatsoeve to do with the prevention of terror and everything to do with maintaining demographic superiority of Jew over Arab. This is to be achieved at all costs, even if it entails bringing in a Peruvian or Burmese on the basis of their being descendants of one of the lost tribes of Israel. As for permitting Arabs, or Jews for that matter, in Israel to marry with partners from surrounding countries, one can only imagine the weeping and wailing that would arise from the religious sector who would see it as more than a mere slippery slope to widespread intermarriage, and from the nationalist who would never permit it on the grounds of upsetting the demographic imperative which is a Jewish majority at all costs, nad I stress at all costs.

    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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