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    • Otto Rand
    • 09.12.07 | 18:39 (IST)

    A very well developed thesis. Israel must allow the Israeli Arabs forge their own identity and narrative which will be as Israeli as of the Jewish population. Such a narrative is of indigenous people in the Land who form together with the majority Jewish population a democratic state. Israel must learn how to put the democracy above Jewishness. Although the majority of the inhabitants wish the country to have a Jewish character, it cannot be imposed on non-Jews, just as Jews and Muslims in Christian countries resent to have to follow a strictly Christian calendar. The Arab narrative will include by necessity identification with other Arabs, just as Jews require the right to identify with other Jews in the world. It also means that in case of war against an Arab country, it is not reasonable to require Israeli Arabs to be active combatants.

    from the article: The impossible forfeit
    First published 00:00 09.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 09.12.07
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