The Independent: Israel set to force all citizens to swear oath to Jewish state

First circulated:  2010/07/21

Imagine, for a moment, that the Egyptian parliament moves to pass legislation that requires citizens to swear oath to Egypt as Islamic state, or that the Spanish parliament considers legislation that requires citizens to swear oath to Spain as a Catholic state.  Most rationale people would say – and rightly so – that both scenarios are unlikely, but if either were to happen, it would be a major violation of citizens’ rights that must be condemned, opposed, and prevented from taking place.  All rational human beings would agree that the rights of Egypt’s non-Muslim (mainly Christian) minorities and those of the Spanish non-Catholic minorities must be protected at all times.

But that is precisely what the Israeli Knesset (parliament) is considering nowadays, and the North American “gag order” over media criticism of any questionable act by the state of Israel and any of its institutions seems to be as effective as ever.  Even self-destructive measures taken by the state of Israel, is not sufficiently criticized.  It seems true that the state of Israel has a very small number of true friends.  Either that or those friends are either as stupid or cowards who would not speak out even against Israeli policies and actions of self-destruction.

Nevertheless, the Independent reported that “Israel set to force all citizens to swear oath to Jewish state.”  In spite of the systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homeland, there remain in the state of Israel around 1.5 million Palestinians who carry Israeli citizenship.  Those Palestinians – who represent 20% of Israeli population – are not Jews, and their presence on their land had preceded the establishment of the state of Israel.  You may find the full article at the following link:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-set-to-force-all-citizens-to-swear-oath-to-jewish-state-2028696.html

With this legislation, the Knesset is taking the state of Israel beyond apartheid.  It is linking citizenship to ideology; which is precisely a form of fascism.  To anyone who considers this statement to be overstating the case, I say: look up the definition of “fascism” and decide for yourself, but do not accept to redefine the word in order to appease the Israeli government or be soft on its actions.

When the ideology of Zionism was described as a form of racism, those who agreed were called anti-Semitic.  When it produced a system of government – where Jewish citizens are collectively privileged and non-Jewish citizens are collectively disadvantaged – those who criticized it as a form of apartheid were called anti-Semitic.  Now, there is little doubt that those who criticize this recent eye-opener about Zionism – i.e. that it links citizenship to ideology – as being consistent with fascism and against the values of liberalism and democracy, will be called anti-Semitic.  In the meantime, the Zionist state of Israel is marching steady towards self-destruction.

Monzer Zimmo
Ottawa, Canada
2010/07/21

Hope is the stuff from which life is made!

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About Alcanaanite

Monzer Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Monzer is an advocate of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the territory of historic Palestine, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others live together as equal citizens; be and feel safe, secure, and at home.
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