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Subject:  Re: Israelis Jews favor official discrimination Date:  10/23/2012  10:11 PM
Author:  elann Number:  22123 of 22875

Subject: Most Israeli Jews favor official discrimination against Arab citizens.

I expected some small percentage of Israelis to have that view, but not a majority.

I've said before that I favor making Judaism a condition of citizenship, combined with a liberal conversion policy, the grandfathering of existing non-Jewish citizens, and conferring permanent resident alien status on newborn non-Jews (unless they choose to convert).

But I do think that all citizens should be treated alike, and so long as the current law (permitting non-Jewish citizens) stands, I oppose all discrimination by the government against citizens for arbitrary reasons.

(I'm not bothered by discrimination where national security is at stake. For example, I don't think I'd hire a Muslim to translate documents intercepted from hostile foreign governments.)

You seem to be taken aback by Israelis' racist attitudes, yet what you suggest is virtually the same but thinly veiled behind a "liberal conversion policy".

How is your suggestion different from the Spanish Inquisition's liberal offer to Jews and Muslims to convert to Christianity? (or leave). Or the Sharia law which defines non-Muslims as low-class, right-less, residents? How is it different from denying blacks in America their civil rights? (Fortunately it's no longer legal in America).

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