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Even as Israel makes sure to keep lots of other folks out of Israel, from Palestinian refugees who used to live there to African refugees who came to work, a new group of Peruvians who have converted to Judaism is being welcomed by the country, reports Haaretz:

Mixed-race Peruvian converts to Judaism, also known as “Jews from the Amazons,” made aliyah to Israel last month, as part of a renewed immigration in which a total of 150 are expected to arrive by 2014.

The group of 18 from the small Jewish community in Iquitos, on the banks of the Amazon in Peru, arrived in Israel on a KLM flight and settled in Ramle last month.

The Jewish Agency will be assisting the aliyah process for all 150 new immigrants, who converted to Judaism with the Conservative Movement and whose immigration has been approved by the Interior Ministry.

Four years ago Adam Horowitz posted, “The situation in a nutshell“:

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Anna Baltzer, author, and Haithem El-Zabri, founder of the Palestine Online Store. Austin, TX, November 2008. [Photographer unknown]

Thanks to Max Blumenthal.

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  1. dimadok
    dimadok
    July 15, 2013, 3:38 pm

    Half-truths are worse than lies:
    These people , quite few of them, are the descendants of the Moroccan Jews who came to Peru in 19th century. Yes they are intermarried and mixed with time between among the locals population. But they are Jewish by their roots and religion, and after a long battle in courts, were allowed to make aliyah to Israel. Same as one of your descendants. Mr. Weiss, would be allowed.

    • Dutch
      Dutch
      July 15, 2013, 5:29 pm

      Wonderful, this selective ‘Jewish’ right to go live on someone alse’s land. Poor Peruvians. I hope they know what they’re doing.

    • eGuard
      eGuard
      July 15, 2013, 5:41 pm

      dimadok: and after a long battle in courts

      Who then was opposing their jewish roots & religion? Anti-Semites? Or are the Israeli courts racist? Tell me please, what do the Israeli courts do with racists.

    • Shmuel
      Shmuel
      July 16, 2013, 7:43 am

      Half-truths are worse than lies

      Yes they are.

      The group of 18 from the small Jewish community in Iquitos, on the banks of the Amazon in Peru, arrived in Israel on a KLM flight and settled in Ramle last month.

      65 years (almost to the day) after the brutal expulsion of virtually the entire Palestinian population of al-Ramla (and its sister city Lydda). But we must know that some of these colonists may have a Moroccan-Jewish great-great-great-grandfather and that their non-Orthodox conversion was recognised by the Jewish Agency!

      http://www.palestineremembered.com/al-Ramla/al-Ramla/

      http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Famous-Zionist-Quotes/Story739.html

  2. ckg
    ckg
    July 15, 2013, 4:11 pm

    And no doubt Israel will highlight the 150 mixed-race Peruvians to demonstrate that it has an inclusive non-racist multicultural society.

    • Chu
      Chu
      July 16, 2013, 2:13 pm

      you can bet in a few years that some Israeli (or American) politician will use this as a card against the occupation.

  3. Caruthers
    Caruthers
    July 16, 2013, 6:55 am

    Israeli policy is not racist, as it favors Jews regardless of their race. Similarly for Nazi policy: it sought to persecute and murder all Jews, regardless of race (according to Hilberg, the official definition of “Jew” included anyone who ever practiced or believed in the Jewish religion).

    Both policies discriminate—although in opposite “directions”—on the same basis, namely that of a person’s “Jewishness.” Moreover, both define “Jewishness” in the same way: conversion “in” is possible, but not conversion “out,” although it is overwhelmingly a matter of a person’s ancestry. Hence, one policy is racist if and only if the other policy is racist.

    • talknic
      talknic
      July 16, 2013, 8:09 am

      @ Caruthers “Israeli policy is not racist, as it favors Jews regardless of their race etc etc etc “

      You’ve only mentioned the effect of policies on Jews. There a big chunk missing. How Israeli policy effects Arabs and; if Israel doesn’t practice “racial” profiling, I’ll throw a sandal at myself. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-israel-airport-security-bisharat-boxer-20130508,0,1005518.story

      • Caruthers
        Caruthers
        July 16, 2013, 9:47 am

        @ talknic Perhaps I was too subtle in equating Israeli policy (in discrimination, not overall brutality) to Nazi policy. I apologize.

        To put it less ironically: all discrimination is relative, in that “treating A better than B” is equivalent to “treating B worse than A.” Nazi policy and Israeli policy both discriminate on the basis of “Jewishness,” but in opposite directions, with Nazi policy treating Jews worse (than other people) and Israeli policy treating Jews better.

        Moreover, the two policies employ largely the same conception of Jewishness. The overwhelmingly primary criterion is a person’s ancestry: anyone with the “right”/”wrong” ancestry is immutably Jewish. In addition to those who are immutably Jewish by ancestry, a few converts are also classified as Jews.

        Therefore, Nazi policy is racist if and only if Israeli policy is racist, since they both discriminate on the same basis, but just in opposite directions.

        The two policies clearly are racist, despite the lack of a precise definition of “race,” regardless of whether the word “race” is used, and notwithstanding the occasional convert (which is often cited by apologists for Zionist discrimination as proof that it cannot be racist).

      • talknic
        talknic
        July 16, 2013, 12:50 pm

        @ Caruthers

        Again there’s a whole chunk on Israel’s policies missing, there’s no mention of the Arabs adversely effected and subjected to ‘racial’ profiling which by its very name is racist

      • Caruthers
        Caruthers
        July 16, 2013, 4:28 pm

        Certainly you are right. Arabs are likened to animals, insects, etc. They are the worst class of non-Jews in the establishment Israeli perspective, and are singled out for oppressive discrimination.
        But the article was about a tiny number of converts to Judaism from Peru being admitted to Israel as Jews. The fact of the occasional convert is often cited by Zionists as proof that their ideology/discrimination is not racist, and it is the absurdity of this claim that I was addressing.

      • talknic
        talknic
        July 17, 2013, 11:11 am

        @ Caruthers

        OK

  4. NickJOCW
    NickJOCW
    July 16, 2013, 12:57 pm

    It seems to me they are trying to make it ever more difficult to force the settlers to leave whatever decision the world finally adopts. Furthermore, everything they do is tying their fate closer to US hegemony. The US is becoming increasingly unpopular among populations; neither Morsi supporters nor his opponents actually want that US 1.3 billion. Putin is toying with Obama over Snowden which may seem a dangerous game but Putin has less to lose. The war on terror is increasingly viewed as part of the Emperor’s fantasy wardrobe particularly when compared with the dirty linen Assange and Snowden have exposed, with more one imagines to come if not from them from elsewhere. At a not dissimilar point in Roman times, legions were withdrawn from Britain and Northern Gaul, might the US decide to leave the ME, inc. Israel, to its own devices, particularly as it grows less dependent on Gulf oil while Israel’s interference in US political life and errant local behavior become ever more of a liability?

  5. eljay
    eljay
    July 16, 2013, 1:50 pm

    >> It seems to me they are trying to make it ever more difficult to force the settlers to leave whatever decision the world finally adopts.

    Surely all that’s needed is just a *little* more “dialog” [sic] and “normalization” to trigger the settlers’ “Jewish values”, which will cause them to see the errors of their ways and:
    – immediately remove themselves from occupied lands;
    – return to within Israel’s / Partition borders; and
    – work to transform the supremacist state into a secular, democratic and egalitarian state of and for all its citizens, equally.

    ;-)

    • NickJOCW
      NickJOCW
      July 16, 2013, 5:13 pm

      There is, alas, a transnational elite whose members’ loyalties are primarily to each other within the Western (essentially US) capitalist ideology. The Israeli capitalist elite are simply part of the whole; Zionism is a labarum as are the US banners of ‘human rights’ and ‘democracy’, as was the cross carried before Pizarro’s forces when they plundered Peru. Plus ça change…. It’s everywhere and it’s falling apart under the scrutiny of (mostly European) media; France appears as riddled with it as a piece of Gorganzola but only because it has scorpion media like MediaPart http://www.mediapart.fr/ . Poor Obama, he has Zimmerman, Snowden, Putin, Gitmo, Netanyahu, etc. to juggle when he gets up of a morning. He must often feel like going back to bed and pulling the covers over his head.

      • eljay
        eljay
        July 16, 2013, 7:46 pm

        >> There is, alas, a transnational elite whose members’ loyalties are primarily to each other within the Western (essentially US) capitalist ideology. The Israeli capitalist elite are simply part of the whole …

        I don’t disagree.

        >> Poor Obama, he has Zimmerman, Snowden, Putin, Gitmo, Netanyahu, etc. to juggle when he gets up of a morning. He must often feel like going back to bed and pulling the covers over his head.

        Nah, he just does his “weary warrior” bit for effect, then high-fives the other members of the elite when the drop by the White House for cognacs and cigars.

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