Ridiculous analogy but since we are on the topic of segregation - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Joe
    • 29.12.09 | 18:05 (IST)

    How about letting Arabs move into those settlements? Here is an offer, Palestinians can agree to unfreeze the settlements if Jews agree to allow Palestinians to live in them? - and to make sure Jews play fair - the dreaded quota system will be used - if it was good enough for America and Rosa Parks why not for Arabs? Let these settlements reflect the demographics in the area? I say let the Jews build but let them not discriminate on who lives in them? Well, we all know this is fantasy. Israel was based on the principle of discrimination between Jew and gentile. Interestingly enough, in America the issue was about race - between the black and white divide - and it took centuries to resolve itself. I'm guessing the issue of religion will prove to be a tougher nut to crack. In fact, we have historical precedents, when Israel faced the challenges of pluralism and inclusion - according to the Torah - it chose to self-destruct, resist or split rather than accept the "other". Jews can have Israel without the "Jewish state" but can't have both Israel and the "Jewish state". The "Jewish state" (of mind) pre-existed Israel for millenniums and survived under totalitarianism and oppression , so surely it can survive the threat of democracy and equality?

    from the article: Comment / Settlement freeze is like racial segregation in U.S.
    First published 01:46 29.12.09 | Last updated 11:23 29.12.09
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