Who will recognize the Israeli nation? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Akita
    • 22.10.10 | 19:20 (IST)

    A very good article but with one flaw. And it is a fatal flaw. The author compares the Jewish nation-state with a state under the Jewish theocracy. The question of theocracy is clear. But a Jewish nation-state is not because then you have to deal with the problem of race. This definition of the term (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_genetics) would suggest there is no race, scientifically speaking, let alone Jewish race (especially since there are many biological and genetic types of Jews). Wikipedia’s definition of ethnicity shows us that “An ethnic group (or ethnicity) is a group of people whose members identify with each other, through a common heritage, consisting of a common language, a common culture (often including a shared religion) and a tradition of common ancestry (corresponding to a history of endogamy). In that case, there are problems as Jews of the world do not share a common language or a common culture. Moreover, the issue of common ancestry falls apart because Jews are Semites, just like the Palestinians. Interesting to note that the Palestinians do fall under the definition of an ethnic group – completely. So, as far as ethnicity goes, out of four factors, three of them are not applicable either to Jews or to Israel. Therefore, we can only talk about Israel in terms not of a Jewish nation-state but only in terms of a community of ALL the various people who reside in a common territory – same as the US. Here is Wikipedia again: “In biological terms, a community is a group of interacting organisms sharing a populated environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness. In sociology, the concept of community has led to significant debate, and sociologists are yet to reach agreement on a definition of the term. There were ninety-four discrete definitions of the term by the mid-1950s.[1] Traditionally a "community" has been defined as a group of interacting people living in a common location. The word is often used to refer to a group that is organized around common values and is attributed with social cohesion within a shared geographical location, generally in social units larger than a household. The word can also refer to the national community or global community.” Therefore, Israel cannot be a Jewish nation-state. It can be a theocratic state, however. And that, at least, would be logical as Israel defines Jews only in terms of religion (to coin a word volksjüdischer (a parallel with volksdeutsche), Jews of the USSR are not considered to be Jews in Israel). Then again, a theocracy cannot be a democracy.

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    First published 02:41 22.10.10 | Last updated 02:41 22.10.10
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