Israeli Loyalty Oath

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  1. worzzz Says:

    Netanyahu backs plan to make prospective citizens swear loyalty to ‘Jewish state’.

    Every non-Jew wishing to be granted Israeli citizenship will have to declare loyalty to “the State of Israel as a Jewish democratic state”, under a proposal to be presented for cabinet approval on Sunday.

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/pm-backs-plan-to-make-prospective-citizens-swear-loyalty-to-jewish-state-1.317582

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/victory-for-israel-s-right-as-jewish-state-loyalty-oath-nears-vote-1.317565

    The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was a formal statement of policy by the British government stating that

    “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

    Note: 20% of Israel’s residents are non-jewish

  2. worzzz Says:

    Israeli Cabinet passes loyalty bill

    JERUSALEM – Israel’s Cabinet approved on Sunday a bill that would require new citizens to pledge a loyalty oath to a “Jewish and democratic” state, language that triggered charges of racism from Arab lawmakers who see it as undermining the rights of the country’s Arab minority.

    Few non-Jews apply for Israeli citizenship so if the bill passes into law, the legislation would not directly affect Arab citizens of Israel, who make up 20 percent of the population. …

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101010/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians

    ……… The proposed amendment to the Citizenship Law which will be brought before the cabinet today – obligating non-Jews seeking to become Israeli citizens to swear allegiance to a Jewish and democratic state – is provocative, confrontational, discriminatory and perhaps even unconstitutional.
    It will force the partners of Palestinian Israelis who want to become naturalized citizens, yet do not accept the definition of Israel as a Jewish state, to swear allegiance to something they do not believe in. From their perspective, this can only be seen as discriminatory and exclusionary. …

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/a-superfluous-damaging-oath-1.318134

    The Jewish Republic of Israel.

    Swearing an oath to a Jewish state will decide its fate. It is liable to turn the country into a theocracy like Saudi Arabia. …

    From now on, we will be living in a new, officially approved, ethnocratic, theocratic, nationalistic and racist country. …

    At its next session, the Knesset is to debate close to 20 other anti-democratic bills. Over the weekend, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel issued a blacklist of legislation: a loyalty law for Knesset members; a loyalty law for film production; a loyalty law for non-profits; putting the Palestinian catastrophe, the Nakba, beyond the scope of the law; a ban on calls for a boycott; and a bill for the revocation of citizenship. It’s a dangerous McCarthyist dance on the part of ignorant legislators who haven’t begun to understand what democracy is all about. …

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/the-jewish-republic-of-israel-1.318135

  3. worzzz Says:

    Israel can’t be a democracy with two classes of citizens.

    … a third of Jewish citizens support putting Arab citizens in detention camps in wartime; and about two-thirds think Arabs should not become ministers. ….

    The survey results are therefore not surprising, but they are extremely disturbing. At their root lies the twisted belief that democracy means the tyranny of the majority, and that equal rights for all the state’s citizens is not an integral part of the democratic system. ..

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/israel-can-t-be-a-democracy-with-two-classes-of-citizens-1.328330

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    Israeli orthodox rabbi stirs up racism debate.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11873348

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    Israel’s cabinet approves a plan to hold and deport thousands of illegal migrant workers whom Netanyahu says are a ‘threat to the character of the country.’

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/rights-groups-planned-refugees-detention-center-disgraces-israel-1.327412

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    Poll: More than half of Jewish Israelis want Arabs to leave.

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/11/30/2741942/more-than-half-of-jewish-israelis-want-arabs-to-leave-poll-finds

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    A Jerusalem municipal committee approved the establishment of a new Jewish neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.

    The Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee on Wednesday afternoon approved 625 housing units in Pisgat Ze’ev. The new neighborhood reportedly will be called North Pisgat Ze’ev.

    The Obama administration strongly opposed the announcement, according to news reports. …

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/12/02/2741974/pa-condemns-new-e-jerusalem-neighborhood-approval

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