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Please be Jewish, or else

Israel is a state where all citizens are treated equal, but being Jewish is essential:

An Israeli resident of Jerusalem and her Palestinian husband from Ramallah petitioned the High Court of Justice on Sunday, requesting that it instruct the state to cease denying them the opportunity to live together as a couple.

Israel has banned the Palestinian husband, Osama Zaater, a sculptor by trade, from entering the country proper while his wife, Yasmin Avisher, a ballet dancer, has been denied permission by the state to set foot in Palestinian territory.

This is about as logical and moral as Donald Rumsfeld claiming that “turning our backs on postwar Iraq today would be the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis.”

Exceptionalist arrogance is both borderless and transportable.

22 comments ↪
  • Chris

    No, Rumsfeld has a point.

    However, who actually denied her permission to live in the disputed territories? Both stories were unclear as to that fact. The law prevents her husband from living in Israel. As an enemy of the state, that appears reasonable, but who actually is preventing her from leaving?

  • Addamo

    Rumsfeld really needs to take Murtha's advice and resign. He exemplifies everything that has been wrong about the execution and post war planning of the Iraq invasion. He's been so wrong about everything to do with the war (not to mention taking ling to new heights for politician) that even if he were to be right about anything, no one would believe him.

  • Chris C

    Chris, I agree that Yasmin should be allowed to live in the Palestinian Occupied Territories also.

    However, your charge that Osman is an enemy of the state is a fatuous slur that really exemplifies the Zionist racist mindset.

    I suppose you also argue that Israel is both:

    1) Jewish; and

    2) democratic.

  • Chris

    He is a palestinian. He is not a citizen of Israel. Israel has stated that Palestinians who are not citizens of Israel are enemies of the state of Israel.

    Not my charge. Just the facts.

    Again, who is preventing her from leaving?

  • Chris C

    "Who is preventing her from leaving?"

    Have already agreed that if the Palestinians prevent her from entering, that is also wrong.

    However, according to the Haaretz article, it is the ISRAELI state that prevents her from leaving!

    So what do you have to say to that?

  • Chris C

    Heres the quote from Haaretz:

    "Israel has banned the Palestinian husband, Osama Zaater, a sculptor by trade, from entering the country proper while his wife, Yasmin Avisher, a ballet dancer, has been denied permission by the state to set foot in Palestinian territory."

    However, I notice that you have nicely sidestepped the bigger issue. If Osman was Jewish, or American, or probably even Japanese, he would not have been banned outright from applying for residency in Israel.

    However, as he is Palestinian, he is deemed (without any consideration of him as an individual) an "enemy of the state" as you put it, essentially because of his nationality. Although, it would be interesting to see how a non-Palestinian Arab would be treated in the same circumstance, as I suspect he would also be banned on racial/ethnic grounds.

    Do you not see this case as stab in the eye of Israel being both Jewish and democratic?

  • orang

    Let's face it, Israel is about as democratic as White South Africa was 15 years ago.

  • Chris C

    Besides Chris, we are not really interested in the Israeli Government line on the issues on this blog, which is what you tend to retreat to when your position is indefensible eg. "Israel defines A as …."

    The fact that Israel has a particular policy on something does not make it right by definition which seems to be your Brisbane Line Argument (ie. the argument you retreat to when all is lost).

    That is the logical fallacy of injecting your conclusion into your premise.

    Eg to refute the argument that Israel is undemocratic, you would argue:

    The State of Israel is by its Basic Law "Jewish and democratic", ergo the argument that Israel is undemocratic is false.

    That sort of 2nd grade reasoning doesnt cut any muster.

  • Chris C

    Orang – Exactly.

    Just like ancient Athens was a democracy of all its citizens, citizens being defined as "free, native-born males".

    Israel – Separate but Equal

  • Chris C

    Chris, just a general question for you:

    Since inception, do you think that the State of Israel has ever done anything wrong?

  • orang

    Tsk, tsk. Chris C, how gauche of you to ask such a question.

    Of course as in any democracy "mistakes" are made, we never claimed we are perfect-just noble. How can you compare our mistakes with the actions of those animals who want to drive us into the sea, when we are so…..(quickly Chris I need a word, I think I've got him but I'm losing momentum)

  • Chris

    Yes, among other things, Israel was wrong to allow draft exception to religious students.

    Who, In Israel, is preventing the girl from leaving? It seems the story is not going into enough detail.

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 20th, 2006 at 11:42 am

    The law prevents her husband from living in Israel. As an enemy of the state, that appears reasonable

    Chris, that's straight up-and-down racist. There is no other term for it. It doesn't matter how the Israel government defines it. (If the Israel government defined a donkey as having five legs, it wouldn't alter the fact that it only has four.) If you can see that this is pure racism, then you simply aren't qualified to talk about the most basic of moral issues.

  • edward squire

    *If you can'T

  • Addamo

    It's initeresting how Chris get's around defending the indefensible by hiding behind Israeli policy or Israeli law. He doesn't state whether or not he approves, but implies that because it is the staus quo, it is need not be challenged or questioned.

  • Chris

    I don't see what is racist about it. There is no statement regarding the reletive worth of a palestinian as compared to anyone else. It has to do with his status as a loyal subject of the Palestinian Authority.

    I believe there are about 3 million Israelis who fit the definition of a Palestinian IAW UNRWA. So being of palestinian descent is not a requirement for barring entry.

    It appears that you have no knowledge of what qualifies a person to discuss anything.

  • Addamo

    It appears that you have no knowledge of what qualifies a person to discuss anything.

    Comming from a lowly row boat supervisor, this satement it of no significance.

  • Chris

    How did you come to believe that the duty of supervising row boats is lowly? Is labor beneath you? Do you feel yourself to be superior to workmen? How interesting. That certainly explains the inferority infused in all of your posts.

  • Addamo

    You are evidently used to being in the company of those you consider less intelligent than yourself Chris, baed on the denigrading manner in which you descibe your co-workers.

    Unfortunately, you don;t have that luxury on this forum. evry time you dimiss other's opinions as irrelevant, or insignificant, you furtehr expoe yourself and an intellectual midget with a Napoleonic complex.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    People, drop the abuse, please. Otherwise, I'll just start deleting the irrelevancies.

  • Chris

    Still no information on who is preventing her from moving to the disputed territories.

  • Chris

    Additionally, there seems to be nothing in Google about either of them. How strange is that?