Shouldn’t you ask the Jewish people first? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Marcos
    • 09.04.13 | 05:27 (IDT)

    Without counting the many thousands of Israelis who have chosen to leave Israel, most of the Jewish people have chosen to live in the diaspora, like this old Jew. Most of us are proud Jews. For many, like myself, our pride derives at least in part from the actions taken by many Jews, famous or non-famous, to fight racism and the oppression of any people by another. We are proud of the many Jews who fought racial segregation in the US, even when Jews were not its victims. Now, I don’t recall being asked if we want Israel to be our country. And it would no be easy to ask us, since we have no legitimate general representation (please don’t tell me that the Anti Defamation League represents American Jews). I can speak only for myself, but am confident that many thousands of other Jews would also say, if asked: NO, THANKS. I don’t want to belong to a country whose racism has become institutionalized and which oppresses and steals land and water from another people. If Israel becomes my country it would make me an accomplice.

    from the article: Affirming Israel’s Jewish character does not negate civil equality
    First published 17:14 07.04.13 | Last updated 17:14 07.04.13
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