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Shimon Gapso is back on the scene. You might remember Gapso made headlines in April when he published a broadside on Facebook promising to continue the “daily struggle” of keeping Nazareth Illit “Jewish Forever!” Nazareth Illit was established in the 1950s overlooking the Palestinian city of Nazareth to promote the Judaization of the Galilee.

Since, Gapso’s call for racial purity has been roundly criticized and he has been the focus of some creative protest. Today, Gapso decided to fight back, and, in all honesty, he makes a compelling argument. Gapso asks, why attack him when he’s just promoting what the state of Israel was founded for?

From the Haaretz Op-Ed, “If you think I’m a racist, then Israel is a racist state“:

Yes — I’m not afraid to say it out loud, to write it and add my signature, or declare it in front of the cameras: Upper Nazareth is a Jewish city and it’s important that it remains so. If that makes me a racist, then I’m a proud offshoot of a glorious dynasty of “racists” that started with the “Covenant of the Pieces” [that God made with Abraham, recounted in Genesis 15:1–15] and the explicitly racist promise: “To your seed I have given this land” [Genesis 15:38] . . .

The racist Theodor Herzl wrote “Der Judenstaat” (“The Jewish State,” not “The State of All Its Citizens”). Lord Balfour recommended the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people. David Ben-Gurion, Chaim Arlosoroff, Moshe Sharett and other racists established the Jewish Agency, and the racist UN decided to establish a Jewish state — in other words, a state for Jews. The racist Ben-Gurion announced the establishment of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel, and during the War of Independence even made sure to bring in hundreds of thousands of Jews and drive out hundreds of thousands of Arabs who had been living here — all to enable it to be founded with the desired racist character.

Since then, racially pure kibbutzim without a single Arab member and an army that protects a certain racial strain have been established, as have political parties that proudly bear racist names such as “Habayit Hayehudi” — “the Jewish home.” Even our racist national anthem ignores the existence of the Arab minority — in other words, the people Ben-Gurion did not manage to expel in the 1948 war. If not for all that “racism,” it’s doubtful we could live here, and doubtful that we could live at all.

In these times of hypocrisy and bleeding-heart sanctimoniousness, of the proliferation of flaky types who are disconnected from reality, in the relative security that causes us to forget the dangers we face, we can sit in north Tel Aviv, and cry “racism” to seem enlightened and good-hearted in our own eyes. We can be shocked at a mayor who prefers that his city, which is right next to the largest Arab city in Israel, retain a Jewish majority and not be swallowed up in the Arab area that surrounds it. There will not be a single Jew in the future Palestinian state, but that’s all right. That isn’t racism.

Also writing in Haaretz, Zvi Bar’el says Gapso has brought Israel’s “hidden” racism out into the open:

It would have been possible to continue to cultivate this species of racism had it not been for the decision by Upper Nazareth Mayor Shimon Gapso to break with convention and bring racism out of the closet. Gapso, who is basing his reelection campaign on openly racist slogans, is perhaps the only one around who understands that there really is no difference between hidden and open forms of racism. He is a straight-talking racist who spares us the self-righteousness. He understands that concealed racism only has electoral value if one is prepared to call it what it is, taking off the wraps and turning it into a value deserving of respect. His election posters on the streets of Upper Nazareth, which feature quotes from Arabs condemning his racism, have done the trick. Gapso is certain the slogans will make him a hero after he manages, as he sees it, to instill hatred of Arabs deep within his election supporters. And they don’t even have to publicly identify with his views. Everyone who votes for him can simply continue with their hidden racism, without public exposure.

But by identifying his candidacy with racism, he’s doing a favor not only for the residents of his city. Every Jewish Israeli who fails to go out and protest against Gapso, every politician who continues to maintain cordial relations with him, is no different from Upper Nazareth residents who give him their votes. Gapso is the spokesman for a loud, proud form of racism. He despises those hidden racists, the ones who are not prepared, as he is, to acknowledge that Judaism is racism and one should not be embarrassed about it.

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  1. Light
    Light
    August 7, 2013, 2:47 pm

    “If you think I’m a racist, then Israel is a racist state”
    Shimon Gapso

    I agree with the mayor.

  2. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    August 7, 2013, 3:14 pm

    FINALLY, an Israeli who speaks truthfully. Yes, it is wholly, completely and utterly a racist state, founded on a racist ideology.

  3. DavidK
    DavidK
    August 7, 2013, 3:16 pm

    I love it! an honest politician. We need more like him in the US.

  4. American
    American
    August 7, 2013, 4:37 pm

    ”Is it okay for students to form ‘White Student Union’?”

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/06/is-it-okay-for-students-to-form-white-student-union/
    11:55 AM 08/06/2013

    A student at Georgia State University is garnering considerable negative publicity for his new group, the “White Student Union.”
    Patrick Sharp, a freshman at GSU, intends the club to function as a celebration of white culture.
    He said in an interview with WXIA-TV Atlanta that he is perfectly willing to work with other culture-specific clubs to host joint events. But critics on campus are already lambasting him for what some see as a Nazi organization.
    Soon after Sharp began promoting his group during the summer semester, flyers appeared all over campus labeling him a white supremacist — a term he vigorously denies.
    “To say this is some closeted or curtained white supremacy … it’s pretty ignorant and close minded,” he said in a statement. “It’s a pride organization. What we have is not hate for any other group.”
    Sharp’s advertisements for his club note that there are already black and Latinos student groups at GSU.
    Still, students were quick to cast suspicion on Sharp’s motives. Administrators received at least six complaints about the idea of the group from other students throughout the summer.
    “It’s just the name I think, really to be honest, that might make you go to that place in your head where you are like well what is that about,” said a GSU senior in a statement.
    Campus officials maintained that Sharp was well within his rights to start such a group.
    But Sharp said that he was unlikely to seek official recognition, since that would require finding a formal adviser among the faculty.
    GSU is not the first university to form a group for white students. Towson University’s “White Student Union” made headlines last spring for conducting nighttime safety patrols and expressing views that many considered to be racist.”
    >>>>>>>

    Well, is it?

    • American
      American
      August 7, 2013, 9:20 pm

      I would really like to see some opinons on the above post about the White Student Union —so while l am waiting for it to get out of the rabbit hole let me also ask if there is a ‘culture’ shared by ‘white people’ ?……I cant think of ‘a culture’ that is specific to skin color. Even if people refer to ‘black culture’ there are dozens of different cultures among blacks around the world, depending a lot on where they live.

      • German Lefty
        German Lefty
        August 8, 2013, 12:48 pm

        I cant think of ‘a culture’ that is specific to skin color. Even if people refer to ‘black culture’ there are dozens of different cultures among blacks around the world, depending a lot on where they live.

        I agree! There’s neither a “black culture” nor a “white culture”. There isn’t even a “Jewish culture” or a “Christian culture”. Blacks, whites, Jews, and Christians are divided into many different subgroups, who have different cultures.

        Sharp’s advertisements for his club note that there are already black and Latinos student groups at GSU.

        If the university allows a black student group and a Latino student group, there’s no reason to forbid a white student group. Equal rights for everyone. People who find nothing wrong with the existence of a black student group must not mind the existence of a white student group either. Otherwise, they have double standards. I hate people with double standards.
        Personally, I reject the existence of any “racial” student group. I don’t think that such groups are inherently racist, but they put a baseless emphasis on race. Categorizing people based on their race probably leads to “racial competition” and then to racism.

    • ToivoS
      ToivoS
      August 8, 2013, 6:40 pm

      Well, is it?

      Of course it is his right but it certainly is not OK to form a WSU. It is inherently racist. Black Student and Hispanic Student are not. The reason is simple. Both of these latter groups are discriminated against to one degree or another to this day in the US. Those groups serve an important function in allowing those who feel the problem to come together and work out means of coping and political agitation for reform.

      Of course there is nothing logically abhorrent in what this student says but politically just the name is sending out a very strong message. There is a history in the south of organizations stressing membership by White People and I cannot think of a single one that uses White in their title that isn’t out and out racist. The student knows this and if he wants to belong to an organization that is made up entirely of white racists then this is how he should proceed.

      • German Lefty
        German Lefty
        August 9, 2013, 5:19 am

        it certainly is not OK to form a WSU. It is inherently racist. Black Student and Hispanic Student are not.
        Clearly, you don’t believe in equal treatment. Shame on you!

        Both of these latter groups are discriminated against to one degree or another to this day in the US.
        Are you claiming that white people don’t experience any kind of discrimination? Are you claiming that black people and brown people are incapable of being racist towards white people? That’s like saying that Jews can’t do ethnic cleansing. Or that ethnic cleansing is not a crime when Jews do it. You should know that victims can be(come) perpetrators, too.
        Therefore, you need to apply uniform standards!

  5. DaveS
    DaveS
    August 7, 2013, 4:58 pm

    I was going to write a post on the same article. Sometimes unabashed racists can be refreshingly honest, although it is hard to admire anything about this schmuck. Although about 20% of his city’s residents are non-Jewish (some of them good friends of his), he refuses to allow “Arabs” to send their children to school there. They have to be bused out to Nazareth proper or go to expensive private schools. The US is hardly a model of racial equality but can you imagine this happening in any US city?

    “Good” Israelis tsk tsk Gaspo’s extremism, but he is really expressing the logical extension of the notion of the Jewish State. Liberals will rush to condemn his racism while defending “lesser” forms of racism as a necessary and integral part of the Jewish State. But Gaspo does have a point about their hypocrisy.

    • German Lefty
      German Lefty
      August 7, 2013, 6:13 pm

      Sometimes unabashed racists can be refreshingly honest. […] He is really expressing the logical extension of the notion of the Jewish State. Liberals will rush to condemn his racism while defending “lesser” forms of racism as a necessary and integral part of the Jewish State. But Gaspo does have a point about their hypocrisy.

      True!

      • yrn
        yrn
        August 8, 2013, 2:18 pm

        German Lefty
        He is really expressing the logical extension of the notion of the Jewish State.
        He is a stupid racist, As you don’t have any Nazi’s in Germany Anymore.
        So I would say that those Nazi’s are expressing the logical extension of the notion of the German state.
        It fit’s your logic very clear.

  6. Chu
    Chu
    August 7, 2013, 5:21 pm

    Not worth listening to these chauvinist types who selectively cherry pick history to suit there current day excesses. It’s like listening to Mugabe talk about democracy.

    See how he labels every Zionist who made a historical contribution as a racist (just like him, fair point). That spells trouble to anyone outside the realm of zionism or anyone in Israel. He should wonder, would this op-ed pass the muster in the united states? Sounds like the intellect of Pete King but in Jerusalem.

    • Hostage
      Hostage
      August 8, 2013, 1:13 pm

      Not worth listening to these chauvinist types who selectively cherry pick history to suit there current day excesses. It’s like listening to Mugabe talk about democracy.

      I though his post had a refreshing historical accuracy and that every salient point that he cited was a pivotal historical event. If you think he is cherry-picking, why don’t you cite all of the other relevant historical events and figures that disprove what he is saying?

      Israel is, and always was, a racist state and the political Zionist movement has always been based on racism too.

      The non-racist streams of Judaism have always been treated as completely foreign, unofficial, or non-existent by the religious oligarchy inside the government of the State Israel. So Zvi Bar’el is certainly correct in stating that the ex officio Judaism, which governs everyone’s personal legal status in Israel and the occupied territories, is throughly and inescapably racist to its core.

  7. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    August 7, 2013, 10:10 pm

    It is indeed refreshing to see a politician calling a spade a spade. I predict hizzoner will win in a landslide.

    Also, does anyone else find it interesting that all the usual hasbara suspects have been remarkably silent on this thread? Have Foxman and the Dersh weighed in?

  8. Fredman
    Fredman
    August 7, 2013, 10:42 pm

    Abraham wasn’t even Jewish. He certainly wasn’t a Zionist.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      August 8, 2013, 9:27 am

      Worst of all, he was fictitious.

    • wondering jew
      wondering jew
      August 8, 2013, 6:39 pm

      Fredman- Abraham was not Jewish, for the Torah was not given until after his time. Yet, when someone converts to Judaism they are known as a ben avraham or a bat avraham, son or daughter of Abraham. Abraham fought at least one war in the land, claimed wells and argued and bargained with the locals. He was an oleh, then a yored (to Egypt) then an oleh again. He didn’t want his son to leave the land to go elsewhere. Maybe not a ben Gurion Zionist, but a Zionist.

  9. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    August 7, 2013, 11:11 pm

    “Segregation now, segregation forever,” said George Wallace. He later backed off, and said he was just giving voice to a political movement that got him reelected at the time. His “best friend,” he said, was the African American caretaker who looked after him in his dotage [cue eye-roll by caretaker]. There’s a racist inside just about everyone, some social institutions diminish its effect, some magnify it. But it’s appalling to see an Israeli elected official puff himself up with political racism. Explicitly racist societies become capable of the greatest atrocities, for which the individuals generally feel great remorse later. This is a very bad direction.

  10. Brown-Eyed Girl
    Brown-Eyed Girl
    August 7, 2013, 11:47 pm

    “The racist Ben-Gurion announced the establishment of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel, and during the War of Independence even made sure to bring in hundreds of thousands of Jews and drive out hundreds of thousands of Arabs who had been living here ”

    OMG, so they do admit the drove out hundreds of thousands of Arabs!! I thought no one was living there. I thought it was empty, until they made the desert bloom. I thought it was a “land without a people, for a people without a land.”

    Seriously, I did not know they were admitting the Zionists committed ethnic cleansing in 48′ openly. Someone should show this article to Obama; I wonder what he would say. Also, I am not surprised the main-stream media has not run this story. NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, the NYT, nor the Wa Post would touch this with a ten foot pole.

  11. southernobserver
    southernobserver
    August 8, 2013, 1:23 am

    Correct; Zionism is racism. Actually, ethnicism is probably the correct description, but it doesn’t ring!

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      August 8, 2013, 9:21 am

      I prefer to write it “zionism = racism” because it demonstrates that they are equally vile and evil without getting into the tired argument (put forth by zionists trying to mask the issue) about whether zionism-fueled prejudice and bigotry is racially based.

  12. yrn
    yrn
    August 8, 2013, 7:07 am

    Oey Vey David.

    Looks like Israel is more open, democratic and human then you think.
    Will you bless the decision, NO, will you give some credit NO.
    Nothing will satisfy you, you will keep on ranting, nothing surprising about your hypocrit persona.

    25.07.2013
    Despite the opposition of the mayor, the Ministry of Education will establish an Arab school in Nazareth Illit
    After a long struggle of parents from Nazareth Illit, decided in recent days senior officials at the Ministry of Education on the establishment of an Arab school in the city – despite the opposition of Mayor Shimon Gapso.

    • Shegetz
      Shegetz
      August 8, 2013, 8:44 am

      It’s wonderful, but…by your logic:

      I should punch you in the face 10 times and steal your wallet, then give you a dollar and a band-aid and say:

      “Hey, what’s the sour look for? I just did you a favor! I’m not a violent asshole, I’m a generous healer, I just gave you first aid and money when you looked down on your luck! I didn’t have to help you know, so show some appreciation already….”

      Uh huh.

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      August 8, 2013, 9:01 am

      For those interested yrn’s account comes from from the July 26 online edition of Haaretz. Also, there might be less here than meets the eye.

      “There seems to be a difference of opinion also within the Education Ministry on the matter. On June 9, 2013 the head of the Northern Region of the ministry, Dr. Orna Simhon, replied to the parents. Her short, laconic response said three things: First, Upper Nazareth is next to Nazareth; second, the children have access to sufficient elementary and secondary school facilities in Nazareth; and third, the city of Upper Nazareth transports the children to the Arab schools in Nazareth and the ministry pays for the transportation.”

      So, according to Simhon the kids don’t need another school in Upper Nazareth because the city buses them out to Lower Nazareth! Everybody wins! Then there’s this:

      “Knesset Education Committee chairman MK Amram Mitzna ‏(Hatnuah‏) …wrote that Education Minister Shay Piron had issued a clear directive on Wednesday to establish an Arabic-speaking school in the mixed city of Upper Nazareth.”

      Someone should get Dr. Simhon a cell phone so she can keep up with what her superiors are doing.

      “ACRI [one of the organizations fighting for the school] said the only official answer they had received was Simhon’s, but if the ministry had changed direction and decided to open an Arab school then that was positive news. “We hope the ministry does not give in to the racist objections of Gafsou,” the association stated.”

      And now the money shot..

      “Officially, the Education Ministry said on Thursday that it is considering opening such a school but that no final decision had been made.”

      So, they’re still CONSIDERING it.
      Democracy, whiskey, sexy!

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      August 8, 2013, 9:18 am

      “Looks like Israel is more open, democratic and human then you think.”

      “Despite the opposition of the mayor, the Ministry of Education will establish an Arab school in Nazareth Illit”

      Behold the zionist, who thinks that a Jim Crow school system is “open, democratic and human[e]” Because claims of “separate but equal” has NEVER been, in reality, “separate and unequal.” All we need is yrn, standing next to his fellow bigot, Gapso, as they chant “segregation zionism now, segregation zionism tomorrow, segregation zionism forever”

    • Xpat
      Xpat
      August 8, 2013, 10:13 am

      This is a positive step. But the issues raised by Gapso’s statements still stand. Nazareth Illith is unusual in that Arabs have successfully moved in in significant numbers and have the self-confidence to collectively advocate for their cicvic needs. In almost all other Jewish cities, this is not allowed so there is no need there for an elected official to articulate the racism, it’s just in the air they breathe.
      What also remains to be seen is whether this new school will be fully funded like the other Jewish schools in Nazareth Illith or will it be underfunded like other services in the Arab sector.
      What about an integrated school?

  13. Talkback
    Talkback
    August 8, 2013, 8:44 am

    Oh, how Shimon Gapso would have loved the Nazis until they started murdering other ‘races’.

  14. TomAmitaiUSA
    TomAmitaiUSA
    August 8, 2013, 10:17 am

    Is it just me, or could bragging about the racist character of Israel give ammo to racial separatists in other countries who would like to keep their states Judenfrei?

  15. Abdul-Rahman
    Abdul-Rahman
    August 8, 2013, 12:08 pm

    I have to say this RACIST nutcase (Gapso) does certainly do a good job summing up the disgusting, vile and yet humorous (in a way) ideology of Zionism. He starts with an “appeal” (if you want to call it that) to mythology (mythology that “sadly”, for these people I guess, has taken a big hit since Johns Hopkins University geneticist Dr. Eran Elhaik confirmed once again that, contrary to what Nazis and Zionists claim, Judaism is only a religion http://eelhaik.aravindachakravartilab.org/). And it is also humorous when people like Gapso go this mythological “Biblical route”, when all the founders of Zionism in Europe were totally atheists! http://www.nkusa.org/Historical_Documents/Herzl_quotes.cfm

    And then Gapso goes on with ethnocentric blabbering that is definitely out of another time and place (i.e. before respectable, multicultural societies developed. And it should be noted many compassionate Jewish people around the world stand strongly for that tradition of multiculturalism and harmony and against disgusting people like Gapso: the “proud” bigot and supremacist).

    And then Gapso finishes off with the whopper of “There will not be a single Jew in the future Palestinian state, but that’s all right. That isn’t racism.” This “doozy”, shall we say, reminds me very much of the other right wing Zionist extremists and their apologists who have the gall to claim that implementing international law (http://imeu.net/news/article0016642.shtml) is SUPPOSEDLY a “plan” to make Palestine “Judenrein”. Language from them which immediately reminds one of the classic and important work of scholar Norman Finkelstein dealing with the disgusting handiwork and manipulations of such vile Zionist propagandists http://normanfinkelstein.com/category/the-holocaust-industry/

    I guess this Gapso clown is just totally ignoring that many Palestinians and their supporters around the world support and promote the One-State solution, and many would be fine with Jews remaining in Palestine as long as they agree to be equal citizens like everyone else, rather than the thieving oppressive extremist terrorists, racists and lunatics they currently are as a group (the settlers that is). That is a One-State solution of justice, as opposed to the modern and continuing ethnic cleansing plans of openly fascistic Zionist criminals.

  16. yrn
    yrn
    August 8, 2013, 2:14 pm

    Elliot

    I once asked you if you have been to Israel and that’s Brooklyn aint’ Israel.
    Looks like to don’t understand don’t you.
    From where dose your ignorance Info comes from.
    “In almost all other Jewish cities, this is not allowed”
    you bull around as you live in Israel .

  17. just
    just
    August 8, 2013, 5:34 pm

    Yuk. Oh well, at least the truth is coming out.

    I know we have our own racism and problems here in the US, but how in the heck we can have blind support for racism and Apartheid Israel under its current regime is beyond belief.

  18. Qualtrough
    Qualtrough
    August 9, 2013, 7:21 am

    Not that there is any doubt that Zionism is racism in its unadulterated form, but it is nice to see that even Zionists are coming clean on that.

  19. upsidedownism
    upsidedownism
    August 9, 2013, 9:39 am

    ““Covenant of the Pieces” [that God made with Abraham, recounted in Genesis 15:1–15] and the explicitly racist promise: “To your seed I have given this land” [Genesis 15:38] . . .”

    Has anyone told Gapso that Muslims believe that Prophet Mohammed, and his Quresh clansmen who began Islam all believed themselves to be the direct descendants of Abraham?

  20. Carlo
    Carlo
    August 10, 2013, 5:25 pm

    It is inexact to say that “Judaism is racism”, and a sloppy use of words. Judaism is simply a religion like any other. Zionism, on the other hand, is a political movement and as it has played out in Israel, it has created a state that favors one ethnic/religious group but discriminates against others. The practices of that state may therefore accurately be described as racist.

    • seanmcbride
      seanmcbride
      August 11, 2013, 10:50 am

      Carlo,

      Judaism is simply a religion like any other. Zionism, on the other hand…

      I just read Reza Aslan’s new biography of Jesus:

      book; Reza Aslan; Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth; 2013; Random House http://www.amazon.com/Zealot-Life-Times-Jesus-Nazareth/dp/140006922X

      It eloquently confirms what many of us already knew: contemporary Zionism is richly and organically rooted in ancient Judaism — which was a militantly ethnic nationalist ideology. Read the book for all the colorful (and gory) details.

      Non-Zionist Judaism was a cultural response to the trauma inflicted on Jewish nationalism in 70 C.E. with the destruction by Rome of Jerusalem. But it turns out that rabbinical Judaism (and, later, Enlightenment Judaism) was only a temporary detour in Jewish history. The Zealot Party is back in force, backed up by the worldwide Jewish religious establishment.

      History tends to repeat itself. Once again, Israel is locked in an apocalyptic battle with (in its mind) the forces of evil and the enemies of God’s chosen nation.

  21. Hostage
    Hostage
    August 10, 2013, 7:31 pm

    Judaism is simply a religion like any other.

    No, I’ve never heard of any other religion where an official can propose to revoke a person’s conversion decades after the fact and change the children’s nationality into a Gentile one, without any regard for the person’s actual religious beliefs or religious practices. That sort of thing has happened because of Judaism, not Zionism.

  22. Carlo
    Carlo
    August 10, 2013, 8:52 pm

    “I’ve never heard of any other religion where . . .” Well, I don’t know how many religions you’ve studied, Hostage, but I suggest you explore a few. The Jewish religion has no monopoly on irrationality or antisocial behaviour.
    The nature of religious belief is faith, not rationality, and throughout the world in the name of their faith the so-called pious have done, and are doing, far worse things than to deprive people of their religious status or nationality (which is not to condone the practice).
    While individuals should be free to believe whatever they like and to worship (or reject) a deity, no clerics of whatever stripe should have administrative power over others. A fundamental condition for a free society is the separation of religion and the state.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      August 11, 2013, 9:26 pm

      “The Jewish religion has no monopoly on irrationality or antisocial behaviour.”

      Irrelevant. Hostage was referring to a specific piece of anti-social behaviour, and claiming that was unique to Judaism. Pointing out that (e.g.) some Hindus regard cows as sacred and that the Catholic Church opposes contraception does not refute his claim.

  23. Hostage
    Hostage
    August 11, 2013, 4:46 pm

    “I’ve never heard of any other religion where . . .” Well, I don’t know how many religions you’ve studied, Hostage, but I suggest you explore a few. The Jewish religion has no monopoly on irrationality or antisocial behaviour.

    I’ve studied plenty of other religions, it’s one of my favorite pastimes. I had in mind the UK Race Relations Act of 1976 (as amended in 2000) and the case of the Jewish Free School. The Courts decided the entrance criteria were based upon perceptions of race or ethnicity rather than the actual religious beliefs or practices of the individual students themselves. I tend to agree. http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2009/12/faith-schools-jewish-jfs

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