kris #68 - good question, but an old one - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • dana
    • 16.08.07 | 05:33 (IDT)

    "Can you be Israeli without being Jew? In Democracies you can, how is it in Israel?" (kris) Most Israelis and jews abroad will answer in the affirmative, citing the israeli Arabs, and the many Christians and non-Jewish immigrants from Russia. Unfortunately, that answer is shallow because clearly the Arab-Israelis do not feel mostly as second class citizens and in fact, are treated as such. As for non-Arabs, just looking at family laws - which are governed by a rabbinical -not a civil court is enough of a wake up call. I'd answer that it is not possible to feel truly Israeli without being jewish, though it may be possible to carry an Israeli nationality and keep fighting for more rights. The real problem - as Burg implies - is that without separation of church and state - there'll always be sense of greater entitlement for the jewish majority, which make it at best undemocratic and at worst, outright racist (and plenty of indications for the latter among many in TB land right here).

    from the article: Time to attack
    First published 00:00 15.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 15.08.07
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