You touched on an important issue Mr Strenger - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    But in the end you veered away from it and chose the word enthnicity. The myth still prevails that if you are born in Israel - a sabra - you are born in freedom and clean of diaspora habits like trying to please, absolved of things like apologising for treading on someone's toe. If you are a sabra it is the world that owes you something, not vice versa. It owes you for what it did to your family and your ancestors, for instance, and gives you more right to hutzpa than they ever had. This is educated into sabras by their parents and into the people of Israel by national TV and radio and at school. Below the sabra is a whole hierarchy of second, third, fourth and fifth class citizen. The sabra whether Ashkenazi, Sefardi or Mizrahi is king so what do genes have to do with it? Ah yes, Mr Strenger, you do need to be Jewish... but that's not what you were talking about, was it?

    from the article: Lieberman, ethnicity and Israeli politics: an open letter to Yossi Sarid
    First published 19:38 13.01.10 | Last updated 19:39 13.01.10
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