View Full Version : Rightist surge in Israel

Ian McColgin
11-04-2010, 12:53 PM
Last month the Knesset cabinet passed an amendment to Israel’s citizenship law requiring non-jewish new citizens to add to their oath an allegiance to the “Jewish character” of Israel. Showing the true colors of the proposal, an amendment to the proposal that the oath be the same for all new citizens, Jewish and not, was defeated.


This measure tracks with other measures before the Knesset, like one that requires the arrest of anyone who commits the crime of denying Israel’s Jewish character; or the one that provides disagreement with a settlement committee’s political views or not being Jewish a ground for being refused housing in the settlements; or publishing anything that someone else might use as a reason to boycott Israeli products; or banning East Jerusalem residents from working as tour guides.

I fear that my Israeli friends, the Jewish and Christian and Muslim freedom fighters and civil rights activists, are being pushed back by the very worst of right wing xenophobia and religious fundamentalism.

11-04-2010, 01:00 PM
Kind of like the right wing outbreak here in the US eh?

11-04-2010, 01:12 PM
Kind of like the right wing outbreak here in the US eh?kind of like the blanketed label of "right wing" and the fear of anything not left of center. Outbreak? kind of like a plaque? you terrified yet?

Lew Barrett
11-04-2010, 01:22 PM
It's an inflammatory bit of verbiage that likely will serve no useful purpose. Poor timing too.

Ian McColgin
11-04-2010, 01:22 PM
It is very hard to look at Israel's policies or political movements without being sucked into and/or attacked by anti-Semites on the one hand and Israel right or wrong zealots on the other. It is important to remember that, as in the US, there are many in Israel who favor civil rights and justice for all and who actually practice democracy. There is hope.

Lew Barrett
11-04-2010, 01:24 PM
That is correct, Ian.

11-04-2010, 01:33 PM
you terrified yet?

Disgusted is more like it. History really DOES repeat itself.