The Jewish State is an idea stuck in the 19th century. The rest of the West has moved on. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael UK
    • 23.08.10 | 11:23 (IDT)

    Zionism is a product of the 19th century and it shows. In the 19th century, nobody in the West would have found Zionism strange because: 1) The idea that full citizenship to a state was reserved for those those of one particular ethnicity and/or religion was taken for granted in many countries. That's why Jews were not regarded as full citizens of those countries becaise their ethnicity and religion did not match the majority. 2) In an era of empires and colonization, everybody would have accepted the idea that a bunch of Europeans could descend on an area outside Europe and create their own country there, supplanting the locals, or at least making them second class citizens. It worked in Australia and The United States and was tried in a lot of other places. Iroinically, though, western Jews played a huge role in liberalizing western views on race and religion, so that today, to Westerners the idea of a Jewish State that excludes non-Jews from the core values of the state seems an anachronism. The same applies to the idea of a European colony outside Europe. Only Americans, largely, becaise that;s how their land was built still accept the idea, which is one reason support for Israel remains stronger in America than elswhere.

    from the article: You can't be a Jewish Muslim
    First published 01:58 23.08.10 | Last updated 01:58 23.08.10
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