"THE DEMOGRAPHIC THREAT" take2 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Shosh, not Yosh
    • 12.01.06 | 14:15 (IST)

    The rapid growth in the population is indeed becoming a problem. But in a democracy we cannot relate to this demographic issue as a NATIONAL or RELIGIOUS PROBLEM. Israel must soon act to reduce the growth rate of its population. The ecology is fragile, the infra-structure for unlimited growth will be very costly. We will soon "crawl over each other"... But But we should not start a racist "demographic war". We must reduce our growth rate irrespective if we deal with "Jews", "Oriental Jews", "Western Jews", "settlers", "Orthodox Jews", or whatever. Similarly the "Palestinians" (who are Israeli citizens or residents), "Israeli Arabs", "East-Jerusalem Palestinians" have to reduce their population growth rate. BUT THIS MUST BE DONE WITHOUT ANY RESORT TO DISCRIMINATORY ACTIONS against any individual, or group. Any other scheme will be regarded as another racist measure. We must reject racist ideological "warnings" from "scholars" such as Prof. Arnon Sofer, of the Haifa University!

    from the article: Sharon's second `big plan'
    First published 00:00 12.01.06 | Last updated 00:00 12.01.06
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