The decades-old fear of criticising the state which is now causing major problems within diaspora Jewry might have been averted if we had been encouraged - since the establishment of the state - to take part in healthy debate rather then being told by our representative organisations that we must give unswerving support to the government of the day. As a Jew who was born in the early 50's I was brought up (1) never criticise Israel or it provides ammunition to its enemies (2) always support the current government (3) with a version of events pre and post-state that lifted Israel to heroic levels without fault. We therefore should not be surprised that the government of the day in Israel has leant on this tradition to pass legislation which stifles oppositiion within the country. It hs the precedence of the way the diaspora has always behaved.
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