unbelievably disrepectful column to diasporic jews - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Fabian
    • 26.11.10 | 19:33 (IST)

    Dear Sir, I feel personally offended by the notion, suggested toward the end of your article, that Jews that live outside of Israel are somehow less responsible or, maybe worse still, that they only "practice their Jewish identity partially". Let me please determine myself what my Jewish identity involves and how I want to express it. It is simply ludicrous to suggest that living "enmeshed in other nations" -as you disdainfully put it- somehow takes away from my overall experience of Judaism. It does not surprise me at all that Israelis have such trouble coexisting with other peoples in the region, considering how condescending is their view of Jews from the diaspora, who have learned to share their lives with others with a different background. Maybe it is time that someone suggests the necessary complement to the law of return (which, incidentally, I like as long as it is interpreted as a right and not an obligation to move Israel). I would suggest all Israelis spend some time living abroad (for reasons other than escaping the army, I mean). In most countries around the world Jews have thrived in relative harmony with others. I have a lot of respect for those who have decided to move to Israel. I expect reciprocal respect from Israelis.

    from the article: Zionism is not an ideology
    First published 02:03 26.11.10 | Last updated 02:03 26.11.10
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