why register ethniciy at all? The state should be blind to the ethnic background of its citizens - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ernst
    • 06.05.14 | 10:10 (IDT)

    first the lecture: In a democracy, the state registers its citizens living legally in their country and that's called citizenship. The state has no right to tell you what your ethnicity is, nor should it have any interest in it. Now the history: In 1940, the state of Holland registered the ethnicity of its citizens. This made the persecution of Jews by the nazi occupiers a simple job: just go to city hall, pick out the the cards of the with Jewish ethnic registration, go to their home, put them on a train to the concentration camp and that´s it. It is generally accepted that this ethnic registration has contributed enormously to the efficient and radical destruction of Dutch Jews and thus to the Holocaust. So, even without the lecture on ´demcoracy and state´, the history of my home state has proven we should fight ethnic registration by the state. I always wondered why Israel, with a large majority of citizens with an ethnic background that got persecuted and seperated their whole history, should do exactly that....

    from the article: There is such a thing as 'Israeli'
    First published 00:20 05.05.14 | Last updated 22:20 04.05.14
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