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Benny Gantz, the man directly responsible for the Gaza Massacre of 2014, spoke yesterday (Monday) at the AIPAC yearly conference in Washington. He referenced his participation in the mission for the evacuation of the Jews of Ethiopia. So far, so good.

But when Gantz, who is running for the prime ministership of Israel with the Blue and White party, decided to share that moment with his Israeli supporters, he let slip an inconvenient truth.

“If there is one Jew in danger, anywhere in the world, then our mission is unfinished; today I am telling you the mission is unfinished!” Gantz tweeted in Hebrew.

Let’s unpack that for a moment.

Datum: Most Jews do not live in Israel.

Datum: Most Jews do not hold Israeli citizenship.

Datum: Gantz (and most Israelis) believe it is the duty of Israel to engage anyone, anywhere, in order to save Jews.

Conclusion: Israel does not recognize the sovereignty of other nations; or, at least, sees that sovereignty as imperfect, as it considers its right to violate it in the case of Jews.

Conclusion: Israel risks Jews not living there by perpetually raising the specter of Jews holding “dual nationality.”

What is Gantz saying? He is saying Jews everywhere belong to a single nation, and that it is the duty of the State of the Jews to save them, wherever they are and whatever the danger.

He is not speaking of the duty of Israel of saving its own citizens, but rather the obligation to violate the sovereignty of any other country in its crusade to save Jews. He explicitly says that Israel owes loyalty to those non-citizens – and implicitly, that they owe loyalty to it.

Most Israelis won’t even see the problem. They are raised thinking of non-Israeli Jews as Jews who have not yet become Israelis. And the law is on their side: All you have to do, if you’re a Jew, to get an Israeli citizenship, is land in Ben Gurion Airport. (Big caveat: the rabbinate of Israel will decide if you’re a Jew or not. Gruesome details here.)

But it ought to trouble Jews living outside Israel to have a rogue state claim semi-sovereignty over them. It’s a very short walk from here to getting diaspora Jews suspected of dual loyalty to their foreign would-be protector. And the practice by Israeli intelligence agencies of using Jews as agents doesn’t help dispel those suspicions.

Gantz runs as a moderate right-winger, Netanyahu without the corruption and the alliance with the Kahanists; his number 2, Yair Lapid, will basically say the same thing regarding Israel and the diaspora Jews; and so have many prime ministers.

Basically, Israel is not a nation in the modern sense. It is an ethno-state. It has explicitly rejected the notion of there being an Israeli nation, and you can’t demand to be recognized in your ID as an Israeli. The government denies you that right: you can’t be an Israeli, only a member of a specific millet (see the link above.) The government will recognize you an as Assyrian, or as a Samaritan; yet it will go to court, and win, denying you the right to be recognized as an Israeli.

Keep that in mind the next time AIPAC or some other hasbarist tries to pull the old con, claiming Israel “shares Western values.” It never did, and indeed, as long as it sees itself as a Jewish country, it cannot.

Yossi Gurvitz
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  1. bcg
    bcg on March 26, 2019, 2:21 pm

    But Yossi, you’re missing the opportunity this presents to resolve the whole conflict: if we can simply get all the Palestinians to convert to Judaism (I’m sure we can find some progressive rabbis who will help) then Gantz and his crew will swoop in and transport them all to the safety of Israel.

    • YoniFalic
      YoniFalic on March 26, 2019, 2:38 pm

      The Israeli Rabbinate does not allow conversion of Palestinians.

      In any case, Islam is for all intents and purposes a slightly evolved version of the popular Judaism that Jesus preached and that became pre-Constantinian Judean Christianity, which was practiced by the vast majority of the Judean peasantry at the time of Bar Kochba*.

      Why should the natives abandon a genuine religion of Palestine for a religion that is practiced by colonial-settler invader-genocidaires, that crystallized in 10th century CE, that primarily developed in Mesopotamia, and that is barely Abrahamic?

      *The Palestinian peasantry supported the Romans against Bar Kochba. In return Bar Kochba brutalized and persecuted the peasants in parts of Palestine that he controlled.

      • RoHa
        RoHa on March 27, 2019, 1:54 am

        “Why should the natives abandon a genuine religion of Palestine for a religion that is practiced by colonial-settler invader-genocidaires”

        Precisely so that they can get into Palestine. Once there, they can re-convert to Islam and Christianity.

        However, if the Israeli rabbinate will not accept that they are Jews, that cunning ploy won’t work.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso on March 27, 2019, 8:56 am

        @YoniFalic, et al

        Speaking of the “Israeli Rabbinate.” –

        https://consortiumnews.com/2019/02/20/rule-of-the-rabbis-fuels-holy-war-in-israel/

        “Israel’s ‘Rule of the Rabbis’ Who Preach Genocide Fuels Holy War”

        “Palestinians, the secular and women all face a harsher environment as theocratic tendencies are entrenched, writes Jonathan Cook.”

        Consortium News, Feb. 20, 2019

        EXCERPT:
        “In which country did a senior, state-salaried cleric urge his followers last month to become ‘warriors,’ emulating a group of young men who had murdered a woman of another faith?

        “The cleric did so with impunity. In fact, he was only echoing other highly placed colleagues who have endorsed a book – again without penalty – urging their disciples to murder babies belonging to other religions.

        “Where can the head of the clergy call black people ‘monkeys’ and urge the expulsion of other religious communities?

        “Where does a clerical elite wield so much power that they alone decide who can marry or get divorced – and are backed by a law that can jail someone who tries to wed without their approval? They can even shut down the national railway system without notice.

        “Where are these holy men so feared that women are scrubbed from billboards, college campuses introduce gender segregation to appease them, and women find themselves literally pushed to the back of the bus?

        “Is the country Saudi Arabia? Or Myanmar? Or perhaps, Iran?

        “No. It is Israel, the world’s only self-declared Jewish state.

        “There is barely a politician in Washington seeking election who has not at some point declared an ‘unbreakable bond’ between the United States and Israel, or claimed the two uphold ‘shared values.’ Few, it seems, have any idea what values Israel really represents.

        “There are many grounds for criticizing Israel, including its brutal oppression of Palestinians under occupation and its system of institutionalized segregation and discrimination against the fifth of its population who are not Jewish – its Palestinian minority.

        “But largely ignored by critics have been Israel’s increasing theocratic tendencies.

        “This hasn’t simply proved regressive for Israel’s Jewish population, especially women, as the rabbis exert ever greater control over the lives of religious and secular Jews alike.

        “It also has alarming implications for Palestinians, both under occupation and those living in Israel, as a national conflict with familiar colonial origins is gradually transformed into a holy war, fuelled by extremist rabbis with the state’s implicit blessing.

        “Control of Personal Status
        “Despite Israel’s founding fathers being avowedly secular, the separation between church and state in Israel has always been flimsy at best – and it is now breaking down at an ever-accelerating rate.

        “After Israel’s establishment, David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, decided to subordinate important areas of life for Israeli Jews to the jurisdiction of an Orthodox rabbinate, representing the strictest, most traditional and conservative stream of Judaism. Other, more liberal streams have no official standing in Israel to this day.

        “Ben Gurion’s decision in part reflected a desire to ensure his new state embraced two differing conceptions of Jewishness: both those who identified as Jews in a secular ethnic or cultural sense, and those who maintained the religious traditions of Judaism. He hoped to fuse the two into a new notion of a Jewish ‘nationality.’

        “For that reason, the Orthodox rabbis were given exclusive control over important parts of the public sphere – personal status matters, such as conversions, births, deaths and marriages.

        “Biblical Justifications
        Bolstering the rabbis’ power was the urgent need of Israel’s secular leaders to obscure the state’s settler-colonial origins. This could be achieved by using education to emphasize Biblical justifications for the usurpation by Jews of the lands of the native Palestinian population.

        “As the late peace activist Uri Avnery observed, the Zionist claim was ‘based on the Biblical history of the Exodus, the conquest of Canaan, the kingdoms of Saul, David and Solomon … Israeli schools teach the Bible as real history.’

        “Such indoctrination, combined with a much higher birth rate among religious Jews, has contributed to an explosion in the numbers identifying as religious. They now comprise half the population.

        “Today, about a quarter of Israeli Jews belong to the Orthodox stream, which reads the Torah literally, and one in seven belong to the ultra-Orthodox, or Haredim, the most fundamentalist of the Jewish religious streams. Forecasts suggest that in 40 years the latter will comprise a third of the country’s Jewish population.”

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso on March 27, 2019, 9:02 am

        @YoniFalic, et al

        https://consortiumnews.com/2019/02/20/rule-of-the-rabbis-fuels-holy-war-in-israel/

        “Israel’s ‘Rule of the Rabbis’ Who Preach Genocide Fuels Holy War”

        “Palestinians, the secular and women all face a harsher environment as theocratic tendencies are entrenched, writes Jonathan Cook.”

        Consortium News, Feb. 20, 2019

        EXCERPT:
        “In which country did a senior, state-salaried cleric urge his followers last month to become ‘warriors,’ emulating a group of young men who had murdered a woman of another faith?

        “The cleric did so with impunity. In fact, he was only echoing other highly placed colleagues who have endorsed a book – again without penalty – urging their disciples to murder babies belonging to other religions.

        “Where can the head of the clergy call black people ‘monkeys’ and urge the expulsion of other religious communities?

        “Where does a clerical elite wield so much power that they alone decide who can marry or get divorced – and are backed by a law that can jail someone who tries to wed without their approval? They can even shut down the national railway system without notice.

        “Where are these holy men so feared that women are scrubbed from billboards, college campuses introduce gender segregation to appease them, and women find themselves literally pushed to the back of the bus?

        “Is the country Saudi Arabia? Or Myanmar? Or perhaps, Iran?
        “No. It is Israel, the world’s only self-declared Jewish state.

        “There is barely a politician in Washington seeking election who has not at some point declared an ‘unbreakable bond’ between the United States and Israel, or claimed the two uphold ‘shared values.’ Few, it seems, have any idea what values Israel really represents.

        “There are many grounds for criticizing Israel, including its brutal oppression of Palestinians under occupation and its system of institutionalized segregation and discrimination against the fifth of its population who are not Jewish – its Palestinian minority.

        “But largely ignored by critics have been Israel’s increasing theocratic tendencies.

        “This hasn’t simply proved regressive for Israel’s Jewish population, especially women, as the rabbis exert ever greater control over the lives of religious and secular Jews alike.

        “It also has alarming implications for Palestinians, both under occupation and those living in Israel, as a national conflict with familiar colonial origins is gradually transformed into a holy war, fuelled by extremist rabbis with the state’s implicit blessing.

        “Control of Personal Status
        “Despite Israel’s founding fathers being avowedly secular, the separation between church and state in Israel has always been flimsy at best – and it is now breaking down at an ever-accelerating rate.

        “After Israel’s establishment, David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, decided to subordinate important areas of life for Israeli Jews to the jurisdiction of an Orthodox rabbinate, representing the strictest, most traditional and conservative stream of Judaism. Other, more liberal streams have no official standing in Israel to this day.

        “Ben Gurion’s decision in part reflected a desire to ensure his new state embraced two differing conceptions of Jewishness: both those who identified as Jews in a secular ethnic or cultural sense, and those who maintained the religious traditions of Judaism. He hoped to fuse the two into a new notion of a Jewish ‘nationality.’

        “For that reason, the Orthodox rabbis were given exclusive control over important parts of the public sphere – personal status matters, such as conversions, births, deaths and marriages.

        “Biblical Justifications
        Bolstering the rabbis’ power was the urgent need of Israel’s secular leaders to obscure the state’s settler-colonial origins. This could be achieved by using education to emphasize Biblical justifications for the usurpation by Jews of the lands of the native Palestinian population.

        “As the late peace activist Uri Avnery observed, the Zionist claim was ‘based on the Biblical history of the Exodus, the conquest of Canaan, the kingdoms of Saul, David and Solomon … Israeli schools teach the Bible as real history.’

        “Such indoctrination, combined with a much higher birth rate among religious Jews, has contributed to an explosion in the numbers identifying as religious. They now comprise half the population.

        “Today, about a quarter of Israeli Jews belong to the Orthodox stream, which reads the Torah literally, and one in seven belong to the ultra-Orthodox, or Haredim, the most fundamentalist of the Jewish religious streams. Forecasts suggest that in 40 years the latter will comprise a third of the country’s Jewish population.”

      • jrg
        jrg on March 27, 2019, 10:15 am

        That’s an interesting tidbit, Yoni. How would you compare (or contrast) the Judaism of the first-century Judean peasants with the Mesopotamian version of 900-1000 CE? What would you say are the chief characteristics of each?

      • YoniFalic
        YoniFalic on March 27, 2019, 12:14 pm

        Mesopotamian Judaic peasantry from 900-1000 CE was rapidly disappearing and becoming Islamicized.

        It’s not my area, and Wittvogel’s thesis has been challenged, but to get an overview of social hierarchy in Mesopotamia for most of its history, you might start with Oriental Despotism

      • YoniFalic
        YoniFalic on March 28, 2019, 5:13 am

        In some sense, Zios read the Bible more literally than religious Jews. RASHI warns against literalism in his commentary on the creation story in Genesis.

  2. wondering jew
    wondering jew on March 26, 2019, 3:37 pm

    The process for a Jew of getting Israeli citizenship begins weeks and even months before the plane lands in Israel, it includes a letter from a rabbi testifying to your Jewishness.
    You can probably land and then start the process in Israel, but I doubt you would start the process at Ben Gurion airport, probably at the Misrad Ha’pnim. Interior Ministry. But it is more dramatic to say, all you have to do is land at the airport.

    • wondering jew
      wondering jew on March 26, 2019, 3:41 pm

      I assume the tweet was meant for israelis to see how zionistic he is. he doesn’t speak to american jews at this point in time. it took rabin years and ehud barak never really connected and that is the major history of generals and american jews, it’s not an easy first date. (sharon is a bit different. sharon was “more” than a general. sharon was sharon.)

      • lonely rico
        lonely rico on March 27, 2019, 10:18 am

        > wondering jew

        sharon was “more” than a general. sharon was sharon.

        Sharon was a vicious, brutal, racist thug,

        A Zionist hero –
        a life of relentless hideous cruelty against the Palestinians.

    • Mooser
      Mooser on March 26, 2019, 5:00 pm

      “The process for a Jew of getting Israeli citizenship begins weeks and even months before the plane lands in Israel”

      Yes, Mick told us all about it; ‘you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.’

      ,” it includes a letter from a rabbi testifying to your Jewishness.”

      From a Rabbi ordained by a denomination recognized in Israel, that is.

      Due to the number of ‘ringers’ and phonies and ‘minus 25%ers’ trying to gain tribal entre, proving Jewish identity must be an adversary process.

      • RoHa
        RoHa on March 26, 2019, 10:32 pm

        “proving Jewish identity must be an adversary process.”

        So showing those Ingushetian genes isn’t enough?

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius on March 27, 2019, 10:38 am

      ” it includes a letter from a rabbi testifying to your Jewishness.”

      That’s interesting.

      According to our very own Boris, Jewishness has nothing to do with religion and all you need is an analysis of your spit from 23andme, showing that you have the same genetic background as tens of millions of people living everywhere from Italy to Iran.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on April 1, 2019, 7:06 pm

        Naturally, the prerequisites for obtaining the coveted designation “Jewish” in Israel cannot be set in stone, but must vary according to the needs of the Jewish State at any given time.
        All anybody can do is submit their application, and pray. And sing along with Mick.

  3. scott9854958
    scott9854958 on March 26, 2019, 3:44 pm

    And of course, Israel extends this protective web to any Jew who murders a Gentile.

    How about that Samuel Sheinbein anyway? Looks like Israel maybe should have let the state of Maryland deal with him after all.

  4. Stephen Shenfield
    Stephen Shenfield on March 26, 2019, 6:02 pm

    Israel does not and never did share what are nowadays regarded as Western values, but Israel’s precursor, the pre-state Zionist movement, DID share many of what were regarded as Western values at the time — in particular, nationalism (even in its fascist form) and colonialism. Otherwise Zionism could never have obtained Western support. A divergence has opened up because ‘the West’ has changed (to some degree) while Zionism/Israel has not.

  5. Nathan
    Nathan on March 26, 2019, 9:29 pm

    Gee, Yossi Gurvitz, what exactly is wrong with “dual nationality” or “dual loyalty”? You make it sound as if it’s a terrible thing, but you didn’t explain what the problem is. The overwhelming majority of Diaspora Jews live in countries where there is absolutely no problem having multiple citizenships. The USA, the UK, France, Russia, Argentina and Canada are the first ones that come to mind (and there are many more).

    And what on earth is wrong with Israel’s coming into a foreign country to rescue a Jewish community? I understand that it’s a big “no-no” to say anything good about Israel in an anti-Israel website, but surely the rescue of people in plight is a nice trait. When absolutely everything is wrong about Israel, it is rather hard to take your criticism seriously. Anyway, I think it was really fine that the Ethiopian community was brought to Israel, and I think it is a shame that anyone would prefer to have left them there.

    You claim that most Jews don’t live in Israel. I don’t know why that is an issue worthy of mention. Anyway, now that you have mentioned the topic, it might not be true. It’s hard to know the number of Jews throughout the world, but it could be that indeed most of them live in Israel. And if the Israeli Jews are not yet the majority of world Jewry, there really isn’t much doubt that they will be within the coming decade or so. Actually, it’s quite amazing. Despite the conflict situation, despite the many UN condemnations and even despite your claim that “Israel is not a nation in the modern sense”, there seems to be something very attractive about her. Maybe it’s the nice weather.

    • Peter in SF
      Peter in SF on March 27, 2019, 2:51 am

      Gee, Yossi Gurvitz, what exactly is wrong with “dual nationality” or “dual loyalty”? You make it sound as if it’s a terrible thing, but you didn’t explain what the problem is.

      Nathan, take it up with Nancy Pelosi. When she spoke at AIPAC today, she declared that “dual loyalty” is a “myth” that is “anti-Semitic” and “pernicious”.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso on March 27, 2019, 9:21 am

      @Nathan

      “Anyway, I think it was really fine that the Ethiopian community was brought to Israel, and I think it is a shame that anyone would prefer to have left them there.”

      And, needless to say, Israel has treated the Ethiopian Jews so well.
      Au contraire!!

      To wit:
      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32813056
      “The Plight of Ethiopian Jews in Israel”
      By Prof Yossi Mekelberg, Chatham House – 25 May 2015

      http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/1890-even-in-death-ethiopian-jews-face-racism-from-other-jews

      “Even in death, Ethiopian Jews face racism from other Jews”
      Middle East Monitor, December 28, 2010. Excerpt: “An Israeli newspaper has claimed that the racism prevalent between Israeli Jews extends to Ethiopian Jews even after their death. According to Ma’ariv, graves in a Jewish cemetery are separated according to the colour of the corpses; a fence has been built between the graves of Ethiopian Jews and the others in the graveyard.”

      Israel’s Jewish citizens of Ethiopian origin/ancestry also suffer from discrimination and human rights violations:
      Haaretz, January 27, 2013 – “Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots.”

      EXCERPTS:
      “A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.”

      “The women’s testimony could help explain the almost 50-percent decline over the past 10 years in the birth rate of Israel’s Ethiopian community.”

      Council for the National Interest – Sept. 30, 2013
      http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/new/?p=1791#.WNGMT4WcFZU

      “In January 2013, Israel acknowledged that medical authorities have been giving Ethiopian immigrants long-term birth-control injections, often without their knowledge or consent. The Israeli government had previously denied the charges, which were first brought to light by investigative reporter Gal Gabbay in a December 8, 2012, broadcast of Israeli Educational Television’s news program, Vacuum. In January, the Israeli Health Ministry’s director-general, Ron Gamzu, ordered all gynecologists to stop administering the drugs.

      “Gabbay interviewed over thirty women from Ethiopia in an attempt to discover why birth rates in the immigrant community were so low. Israeli medical authorities had been injecting women of Ethiopian origin with a drug alleged to be Depo-Provera, a highly effective and long-lasting form of contraception. In some cases, the drugs were reportedly administered to women waiting in transit camps for permission to immigrate to Israel. Writing for the Electronic Intifada, Ali Abunimah makes the case that, ‘if the allegations are proven, this practice may fit the legal definition of genocide.’

      “Nearly 100,000 Ethiopian Jews have moved to Israel under the Law of Return since the 1980s, but some rabbis have questioned their Jewishness. In May 2012, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu ignited controversy when he warned that illegal immigrants from Africa ‘threaten our existence as a Jewish and democratic state.’

      Alistair Dawber, “Israel Gave Birth Control to Ethiopian Jews without Their Consent.”
      ”The Independent, January 27, 2013, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-gave-birth-control-to-ethiopian-jews-without-their-consent-8468800.html.

      Ali Abunimah, “Did Israel Violate the Genocide Convention by Forcing Contraceptives on Ethiopian Women?” Electronic Intifada, January 28, 2013,
      http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/did-israel-violate-genocide-convention-forcing-contraceptives-ethiopian-women.

      Beth Brogan, “Israel Admits Forced Birth Control For Ethiopian Immigrants,” Common Dreams, January 29, 2013, http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/01/29-0.

  6. umm al-hamam
    umm al-hamam on March 26, 2019, 10:01 pm

    “Keep that in mind the next time AIPAC or some other hasbarist tries to pull the old con, claiming Israel “shares Western values.” It never did, and indeed, as long as it sees itself as a Jewish country, it cannot.”

    This is imperialist nonsense. The United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia & most of Europe had “whites only” immigration policies through much of the 20th century, and still to this day accept only token numbers of people from non-favoured ethnic groups (and when exceptions are made, as in Germany, the people rise up in protest & carry out physical violence against the interlopers). New Zealand & Australia still automatically grant citizenship to anyone from their settler homeland the UK. Almost every European country sees itself as an “ethnostate”—and more importantly, it has been US/NATO policy to ensure that any explicitly pan-ethnic country is broken up into ethnostates: the balkanisation of the USSR and Yugoslavia are two well-known examples, and the US is also currently trying to do the same in Iraq and Syria. If there is one Western value that stands out above all others it is ethnocentrism.

    It is true that the US itself has imported large numbers of non-white immigrants but this is mostly to act as a cheap reserve labour source, and the political and social structure of the US is immutably set up so as to ensure that white Europeans are the herrenvolk, the people of the land to whom the country truly “belongs” (by virtue of exterminating the majority of the native population).

    Israel is not an outlier it is merely this value taken to its logical conclusion. As a puppet state of the US/NATO, Israel is essentially the imperialist vanguard, the testing ground for the future of imperialism and capitalism.

  7. RoHa
    RoHa on March 27, 2019, 1:34 am

    “New Zealand & Australia still automatically grant citizenship to anyone from their settler homeland the UK. ”

    I don’t know about NZ, but that used to be true for Australia, when I was young, but not for many years now. British citizens need to go through the same process as others.

    “The United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia & most of Europe had “whites only” immigration policies through much of the 20th century, and still to this day accept only token numbers of people from non-favoured ethnic groups”

    This is not so for modern Australia. Ethnicity is no longer the issue.

    The general thrust of Australian immigration policy has been twofold: to accept immigrants who would contribute to the development of the country, and to maintain social harmony. These aims, plus a large helping of good old-fashioned racism and British imperialism, lay behind the White Australia policy.

    White people, it was thought, would be more likely to share the values of Australians and integrate into Australian society.

    When that policy was abandoned, it was discovered that the East Asian immigrants from Vietnam, China, and so forth, were actually able to integrate very successfully, despite their bizarre ideas about education and food. (Most of them thought food should have taste! The Japanese were an exception.)

    The following is a vastly simplified account. The current policy has three streams: skilled, family,and humanitarian.

    (The skilled stream accepts migrants on the basis of their ability to contribute. This means that Australia creams off the skilled people who third-world countries need! The policy is good for Australia, but bad for the world.)

    There is no explicit ethnic requirement in any stream. However, there are at least two conditions which are likely to skew intake towards some ethnicities.

    First, preference is given to immigrants who can speak English. People from the UK are more likely to satisfy that.

    Second, preference is given to immigrants with family connections. People from the UK and China are more likely to satisfy that, since there has been a lot of immigration from those countries in the past. Americans and Brazilians are less likely.

    The humanitarian stream is for refugees. This has to be done through proper channels. Just turning up and declaring yourself a refugee won’t do.

    You can get more detail here.

    http://www.loc.gov/law/help/points-based-immigration/australia.php

  8. Jejasalo
    Jejasalo on March 27, 2019, 9:46 am

    This is not a new concept or even one that is solely Jewish. In the first half of the 20th century we saw Pan-Slavism and Pan-Germanism, among other chauvinist nationalist movements (such as Turkish nationalism and its deadly consequences for the Kurds and the Armenians). Pan-Slavism and Pan-Germanism considered all Slavs or all Germans to transcend the state boundaries of Europe and be united in their ethnicity, history and language. Later in the 20th century we saw Pan-Arabism as well, though it was in some respects different than its European precursors. Ironically, in the 1967 War, Israel did the United States a huge favor by crushing Arab nationalism as symbolized through Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt. Now we have Pan-Islamist instead, something the Americans were all too happy to support.

    I think it is very important to understand Pan-Judaism and to recognize the problems it poses. If there was a phenomenon that contributed directly to World Wars I & II, it was this kind of aggressive nationalism. That should say something about the dangers and pitfalls of Israel’s attempt to consider Jews the world over as one ethnic-religious people whose nationalism transcends state borders today.

    In my opinion there isn’t much good to say about any of these movements: they promote(d) a fanatical, supremacist nationalism exclusive to one (imagined) people. Along with Pan-Judaism today we can find Pan-White-ism, for lack of a better word, that is rearing its ugly head across Europe and the United States. It goes hand in hand with the growing anti-immigrant sentiment here in the US, in Australia, New Zealand and across Europe. And it is having worrisome repercussions everywhere.

    Gantz, Netanyahu, and their predecessors should be watched carefully by all people wary of new and progressively more destructive wars and military technologies. Right now, the US ruling establishment is all to happy to identify itself with Pan-Judaism. This has created potentially volatile situations across the Middle East and Southwest Asia as it merges with good, old-fashioned American imperialism. That’s plain for anyone with open eyes to see. It’s a long fuse that could set us up for still more aggressive and deadly confrontations everywhere.

  9. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius on March 27, 2019, 10:55 am

    I never understand this idea that the purpose of Israel is to save Jews from persecution.

    If we look at the -thankfully relatively mild – examples of antisemitism we see today, such as attacks on Jews in France, Israel has been able to do precisely nada to prevent them. Yes, I suppose you could say that Jews who have wished to escape this can emigrate to Israel, as a small minority of Western Jews have done, but that’s not much of a plan, is it? Never mind that a lot of these emigres end up returning to France or wherever quite soon.

    Also, the same people who push the ‘Israel as sanctuary’ line are also the ones who constantly whine about Israel being under ‘existential threat’. So we’re told Israel is the one safe place for Jews, yet we’re also told Jews there are living under constant fear of rocket attack? Which is it?

    Not to mention that, if there were to be a genuine resurgence in government sponsored antisemitism, it’s very hard to see how Israel could offer any protection. If Israel had existed back in the 1940s, how would the Jews of Europe have been better off? If anything, Israel would surely be a highly tempting target for any powerful antisemite to attack.

    It’s nonsense designed to appeal on the emotional level, not the rational one.

    • Mooser
      Mooser on March 27, 2019, 12:34 pm

      “I never understand this idea that the purpose of Israel is to save Jews from persecution.”

      I don’t understand it either. On the other hand, if Israel decides to be a little too threatening with its nuclear weapons, the diaspora will make good hostages.

  10. genesto
    genesto on March 27, 2019, 12:05 pm

    All this discussion about religion reminds me of the famous quote from Major Clipton in the “Bridge over the River Kwai” as he watches the destruction of the bridge the prisoners worked so painstakingly to construct:

    “Madness____ madness!”

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