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    • judith bell
    • 22.10.10 | 17:18 (IST)

    What b.s.. Being Jewish is not a religion. I am a Canadian Jew whose family came from Eastern Europe. Canadians recognize ethnicity ie Italian-Canadian and see Canada, correctly, as providing citizenship. So, what am I? Canadian- Russian, Canadian -Romanian? My family has been in Canada for over 100 years. When my great-grandparents came here, they were part of the Jewish community in heritage, culture, cuisine, history and religion. If I stopped going to shul the lousy 3 times a year I do, my gynecologist will still want to know if I am Jewish so he can assess my risk factors for disease. Yes, to become Jewish, one has to ascribe to the Jew's G-d. That is because we are an ancient people and our traditions date from that time. In Italy, you are Italian and entitled to a right of return if you have an Italian heir on your father's side. Or, I am sure, if you immigrate, after several generations, if you adopt the language, culture and religion, your heirs would be deemed Italian. Of course, they probably would have married into the general population and would have Italian blood. Prior to that, when you personally immigrated to Italy you would be whatever you were ethnically with Italian citizenship. This stupid article confuses peoplehood with citizenship. The Jews are and have always been a people, regarded as such in the diaspora. In Egypt for example, they were never even allowed citizenship. Ya, let's give support to the idea there should be no Jewish state. Who needs it? Boy, we really are our own worst enemies!

    from the article: Who will recognize the Israeli nation?
    First published 02:41 22.10.10 | Last updated 02:41 22.10.10
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