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    • Canderra
    • 02.08.10 | 18:48 (IDT)

    The problem is the confusion of "nationality" with ethnic and religious identities. "Nationality" is a separate legal identity referring to the country of one's citizenship. Claiming that "Jewish" is a nationality creates problems for Jews who happen to have other nationalities, American, for instance. For clarity, here is my position: I have no objection with the existence of a mostly Hebrew-speaking country where curtural practices, e.g., the official holidays etc., are Jewish. What I object to is having "nationality" defined to be exclusively Jewish, as based on religion and ancestry, so as to exclude other inhabitants who have lived there for generations. I'm not too happy with the Japanese insistence that ethnic Koreans accept Japanese names before they receive full citizenship, but at least those people have a route to gaining full status.

    from the article: A Special Place in Hell / Rethinking Israel boycotts, the ADL and a N.Y. mosque
    First published 15:11 02.08.10 | Last updated 15:11 02.08.10
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