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    • Akita
    • 23.10.10 | 23:54 (IST)

    Several rebuttal points: 1. since you have an allergy to Wikipedia, I'll use Mirriam-Webster dictionary. Here is its definition of "people" - "a body of persons that are united by a common culture, tradition, or sense of kinship, that typically have common language, institutions, and beliefs, and that often constitute a politically organized group." Well, Serge, Jews of the world, including the Diaspora Jews and Israel, do not have a common culture, common language, institutions (other than religious and social institutions and various PACs), common beliefs, and Jews do not constitute one politically organized group. Jews do have common traditions but only within their own subcategory - the European Jews, the USSR/E. Europe Jews, the US/Canada Jews, the South African Jews, the Middle East Jews, the African Jews and the Jews of Israel (even there, it consists of many sub-subgroups). Jews do share a sense of kinship. So, the concept of "people", as it applies to all Jews, does not work. It would work only at the level of subgroups. 2. Wikipedia is "not quite on", according to you? And you are? But wait, you haven't provided anything of your own. So, your notion can be safely ignored. 3. Provide a clear reference as to how the international law defines "people". Do not confuse it with "self-determination" because that would apply only to the Israelis, not to all Jews - and to ALL inhabitants of Israel, not just the Jewish ones. Besides, since Israel is in violation of many international laws, I'd say one cannot use one law but not the other. You can't have it both ways. 4. Regarding the UN declaration on the creation of a home for Jews and Arabs. Israel still does not have borders, it still does not have a constitution. There is no Palestinian state either, as it was mandated. But, although important, none of this is pertinent to the original article. 5. You completely failed to substantiate your accusation of racism. Given that my comment got 36 up votes (out of 38 comments, there are only 5 with higher up votes), the other commentators, who are mostly Jewish, do not share your views.

    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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