50 years ago in the U.S., Jews were incensed by real estate ‘covenants’ against Jewish purchases

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Haaretz reports:

Israeli towns continue to rewrite bylaws to keep Arabs out Regional council in the Galilee presents guidelines that ‘preserve their Jewish and Zionist character.’

While the Knesset may not be in a rush to pass a bill on the powers of cooperative communities’ admission committees, fearing criticism and a battle in the High Court of Justice, some of these communities are still rewriting admission regulations in order to “preserve their Jewish and Zionist character.”

Community members who oppose such changes to the regulations say they are designed to keep Arabs from joining.

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  1. Potsherd2
    December 18, 2010, 10:04 am

    There’s a name for this phenomenon: “I’ve Got Mine, Jack.”

    Jewish commitment to rights has always been tied to Jewish persecution. With persecution only now a fading memory, interest in universal rights also fades, replaced by commitment to privilege and exclusivity.

    • Antidote
      December 19, 2010, 3:13 am

      That seems to be the main agenda of Zionist and Jewish organizations worldwide: enhanced minority protection for Jews in the Diaspora, where they constitute a small minority, including in the US, and enhanced protection for Jews in Israel, where they are the majority, with little regard for protecting non-Jewish minorities.

  2. Citizen
    December 18, 2010, 7:37 pm

    Truman railed against the zionists for just that–even as he signed the letter recognizing Israel so he could be president thanks to the Jewish vote in a few states like NY especially, and most of all, thanks to the zionist moneybags poured into his campaign coffers. Phil’s right, the posh areas lots of American Jews live in today use to have constitutionally valid restrictive convenants against Jews. which covenants “ran with the land” in the real estate legalese of the day. That’s still studied in law school as part of the constitutional issues in historical property law.

    • Citizen
      December 18, 2010, 7:42 pm

      If memory serves, Bloomberg mentioned his own parents were victims of such a covenant–they had to resort to using their goy lawyer as a front; he purchased the land and then turned it over to Bloomberg’s parents. He said he thought of that when he came out in favor of the mosque near Ground Zero. They were also referred to as “Gentleman’s Agreement” back when the WASPs ruled America and their kids wore khakis with rear belts on them, button-down key shirts, and saddle shoes or standard leather loafers.

  3. Psychopathic god
    December 23, 2010, 5:33 pm

    what reasons did American communities use to defend “no Jews” covenants? When did it break down? Was there a court case that spelled the end of the practice?

    This must have ended well before 1967, and certainly before 1979, when Jimmy Carter signed the first Holocaust acknowledgments.

    It seems to me Holocaust is in the American psyche 300 times more intensely today than it was 20 or 25 years after the war. Is the second generation angrier than was the first generation of World War II survivors?

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