Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Jewish and "Democratic" -- Israel Racism Watch

Today I kick off a new feature on The Magnes Zionist -- I call it the Israel Racism Watch. Israel is a deeply racist state. By that, I don't mean that Israelis are any more racist than other folks. Who isn't bigoted when it comes to race? It is not the racism of Israelis that should be of particular interest, but the racism inherent in political Zionism, which set at its goal the creation of an ethnic nation state that distinguishes between citizenship and nationality. That is racist.

Is Zionism racist? Not all kinds of Zionism. But the sort of Zionism that is embodied within the state of Israel is indeed racist.

And please, don't tell me that Zionism can't be racist because any gentile can convert to Judaism, blah, blah, blah. By "racism" I mean unwarranted discrimination on the basic of religion, ethnicity, national origin, etc.

For instance, suppose this scenario: 64% of Americans support legislation requiring the president of the United States to be Christian (or White, or Anglo-Saxon). That would get US Jews up in arms, right? After all, even though the majority culture of the US is Christian, and even though the chances of a Jew being elected president are slim, though not as slim as in the past, still -- wouldn't you American Jews be outraged if legislation like that were supported by almost 2/3 of the American public? Wouldn't you cry antisemitism, and rightfully so?

So read this (in Hebrew)

http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3420441,00.html

Yup, you guessed it -- 64% of the Israeli public supports legislation requiring that the Prime Minister be Jewish. So the son of the Rumanian foreign worker, who is born in Israel, and serves in the army as a distinguished war hero, and gets elected as the leader of the Likud party, would be barred -- by law -- because of his religion. And the Palestinian Israeli whose has lived in it for generations would be barred -- by law -- because of his religion.

And pulleez, don't quote Arnold Schwarzenegger to me. He can't be president of the US because he is not a native American. But twenty percent (at least) of Israelis who are NATIVE Israelis would be barred.

You may say, "Oh, but that will never get to the stage of legislation"...but that's not the point. The point is that most people say, "Well, of course only a Jew can be a prime minister -- this is a Jewish state." And so citizenship goes out the tubes.

Just another reason why "the only democracy in the Middle East" is hardly a democracy, but rather an ethnocracy which gives lip service to democracy....

9 comments:

Joel Energy said...

While 64% of Israelis may support the notion that the Prime Minister should be Jewish, in fact, no such requirement currently exists. It's also unlikely that it will in the near future, as well.

What if 52% of Americans were of the opinion that all Jews should be expelled from the country? Would the US then be considered "racist?"

Mobius said...

joel, it's not only racist, it's already been done:

on dec. 17, 1862, ulysses s. grant issued an edict expelling all jews from the union.

Jerry Haber said...

Omigod, are you THE Mobius, aka the Orthodox Anarchist? I would say, "You rock, dude" but that is so LAME for my age.

Anyway, I hope people like you start reading my blog. It wouldn't hurt to publicize the blog a bit. Heck, I hope anybody reads this blog. I hope I know what I am doing.

ged said...

Jerry,
you do not know what you are doing...
You are speaking lashon ha'ra on your own people. You are giving support for terroists who claim to be freedom fighters.
You are cutting yourself off from the AM...
You obviously do not know what you are doing because if you did you would stop these lies and left wing propoganda.

Jerry Haber said...

Ged,
Thanks for your support!
Best,
Jerry

PS. The name "Ged" is unusual, no? I have never heard of it before.

Gedaliah said...

I could go anonymous like you my friend

Anonymous said...

What do you think of this definition of Zionism?

http://www.forward.com/articles/define-zionism-as-the-jewish-right-of-return/

Jerry Haber said...

Anonymous, I looked at Lebel Fein's definition of Zionism as a right of return to Zion. I don't buy it at all, for reasons I can't go into now. I will say that the idea that the Jews were expelled or exiled from Palestine in 70 CE. (or 130) is a myth. I will be discussing that myth in a post soon.

pabelmont said...

Israel as a democracy? My favorite "test" for this proposition is whether Israel allows all its proper citizens to vote and participate in political debate, etc.

Well, in my view (yup, the key is "proper") the Palestinians who were (some of them) exiled in 1948 and (all of them) denied permission to return into their homeland by Israeli law (and had their lands seized by the Custodian of Absentee Property, but that is another matter) are "proper" citizens of Israel.

If it were otherwise, then the government-in-power of any "democracy" could just deport any inconvenient part of its citizenry and, having completed this deportation, cheerfully go on calling itself a "democracy."