Monday, August 9, 2010

Jewish and democratic state

We have always contended that Israel's claim of being a Jewish and democratic state is oxymoronic. According to the brave Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy, defining Israel as a Jewish state condemns them to living in a racist state. He further asserts:
In Israel, this racism is embedded in the state's most fundamental values. There is no other state whose immigration laws are blatantly and unequivocally based on the candidates' bloodlines. Jewish blood, whether authentic or dubious, is kosher. Other blood, from those of other creeds or nationalities, is unacceptable."

Gideon also ponders upon the meaning of the term "Jewish state" that Israelis toss about endlessly:
Does anyone actually know the meaning of the term "Jewish state" that we bandy about so much? Does it mean a state for Jews only? Is it not a new kind of "racial purity"? Is the "demographic threat" greater than the danger of the state's becoming a religious enthnocracy or an apartheid state? Wouldn't it be better to live in a just democracy?

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