Not all Arabs are Muslims, and most Muslims are not Arabs. Polygamy is ALLOWED in Judaism, some still are polygamist. It's just not favoured. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Uhm Hum
    • 28.08.10 | 11:25 (IDT)

    Only the Ashkenazim decreed it to be outlawed, but that decree expired several years ago after more than a hundred years of application. It was only ever applied because they wanted to not stand out in Christian Europe. Many Yemenite Jews are still polygamist cos they and Sephardim and Mizrahim did not outlaw it. And in the state of Israel, its state secular law which outlaws it, not religious law. As for converting to Islam, well you don't need to convert to be included as a fellow Arab. All you need to do is learn and speak Arabic as a first tongue, adopt the culture, and the idenity. Thats how everyone became Arabs, including the Lebanese, Egyptians, Moroccans, Yemenites, and YES, even the Palestinians. Only Arabians are Arabs genealogically. Everyone else called "Arab" are culturally and linguistically Arabized non-Arabians indignous to their own localities. Islamization is separate, even though most who became Arabs also became Muslims. But Most who became Muslims did not become Arabs. Thats why 80% of all Muslims are not Arabs, and 20% of all Arabs are not Muslim.

    from the article: The language of the state
    First published 01:40 27.08.10 | Last updated 01:40 27.08.10
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