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What is a Jewish state? - by Khalid Amayreh

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What is a Jewish state? - by Khalid Amayreh

Seeking to perpetuate institutionalized racism and 
systematic discrimination against its non-Jewish citizens, 
the apartheid Israeli state has been incessantly trying to 
blackmail the weak and vulnerable Palestinian Authority 
(PA) into recognizing the Zionist state as "an exclusively 
Jewish state." 

Some Israeli officials have used terms such as "a state of 
the Jews, for the Jews, and by the Jews." Israeli Prime 
Minister Ehud Olmert has been quoted as saying that Israel 
wouldn't recognize a prospective Palestinian state on the 
West Bank unless the PA recognized Israel as "a state of 
the Jews." 

Israeli leaders are reluctant  to tell the world what they 
exactly mean by "a state of the Jews," ostensibly to save 
themselves the embarrassment of the implied racism inherent 
in the concept. 

However, the implications in such a recognition are 
abundantly clear for those who have even rudimentary 
knowledge of the Israeli mentality. 

To make a long story short, "Jewish state" means that 
Israel has an inherent right to discriminate against its 
non-Jewish citizens, especially the sizeable Palestinian 
minority, and, if need be, expel them from the country in 
order to preserve the "Jewishness" of  Israel. 

In other words, Israel simply wants to obtain from the 
Palestinian leadership a recognition  that it has a legal 
and moral right to carry out ethnic cleansing of its 
Christian and Muslim citizens on the ground that Israel 
is and must always remain a Jewish state. 

Of course, Israel is deliberately evasive and vague about 
its manifestly fascistic designs regarding its non-Jewish 
citizens. Israeli leaders and apologists claim ad nauseam 
that Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. But this is 
a defensive reflex at best and is as mendacious as claiming 
that apartheid is compatible with democracy. 

The truth, however, is that Israel can't be Talmudic 
and democratic at the same time. Hence "Jewish" and 
"democratic" are an eternal oxymoron that should never 
be used in the presence of an honest audience. 

The reason for that is amply clear. Ask any Jew in Israel 
or abroad which comes first "Jewish" or "democratic" and he 
or she wouldn't to tell you that "Jewish" always overrides 
"democratic." Which really shows that "democratic" is no 
more than a cosmetic façade that is meant to blur or 
conceal the brutal ugliness of the fascist nature of the 
"Jewish state." 

Another important, even paramount, aspect of this issue is 
the Israeli insistence  on obtaining recognition as Jewish 
state in order to permanently bar millions of Palestinian 
refugees deported from their homeland from time immemorial 
from repatriation. 

In other words, Israel wants to legalize and legitimize 
Ethnic cleansing by getting the victims, or at least their 
supposed representatives, to bless the greatest act of 
theft in the history of mankind. 

Thus, recognition of Israel as a Jewish state would be 
tantamount to a double national suicide of immense 
catastrophic proportions  for the Palestinian people. 

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First, it implies that Israel has the right to expel all 
or most of its Arab citizens or at least check their 
demographic growth by all means necessary to maintain 
Israel as a Jewish state. 

And, second, it implies  that Israel has the right to 
prevent Palestinian refugees uprooted from their ancestral 
homeland from returning to their homes and villages in what 
is now Israel. In other words, Israel wants to make sure 
that ethnic cleansing will win at last. 

In light, one is prompted to ask: Can there be a greater 
national suicide for the Palestinian people? 

In addition, there are a number of other practical 
implications which a recognition of Israel as a Jewish 
state would entail. These include the following: 

1. That only "Jews" can be considered complete citizens of 
Israel, and that if an incomplete citizen, e.g. a non-Jew, 
wanted to be "complete"  he or she would have to convert 
to Judaism. This is very much like the situation  many Jews 
in mediaeval  Europe faced, forcing them  to convert to 
Christianity in order to enjoy equality and find acceptance 
in their contemporary societies. 

2. That the Israeli citizenship per se is ultimately 
inconsequential and doesn't guarantee holders all rights 
and privileges, since Israel is defined as "state of the 
Jews." Hence, in order to enjoy full and complete and 
permanent citizenship, one has to be Jewish.

3. That whenever there is the slightest disharmony between 
the Jewish and democratic aspects of Israel, the Jewish 
aspect will override and take priority over the democratic 

4. That Jews all over the world, including potential 
converts to Judaism, are citizens of Israel and may well 
be allowed the right to vote in national elections, 
especially if non-Jewish citizens, gain political influence 
in Israeli politics. 

More to the point, recognizing of Israel as a Jewish state 
also implies a recognition of the moral legitimacy of 
Israel's criminal history, particularly the genocidal 
ethnic cleansing of the bulk of the indigenous Palestinian 
people from their ancestral homeland. 

In other words, a recognition  as such by the PA would also 
imply that the Palestinians would effectively though 
compulsively embrace and accept the Zionist narrative in 
its entirety. 

This would mean that the victims of Zionist supremacy and 
racism would have to transform themselves into a sort of 
Arab Zionists, very much like Christian Zionists. 

It is for these reasons that no dignified Palestinian under 
the sun will be able to recognize Israel as a Jewish state 
since such a recognition would be incompatible with basic 
morality and fundamental human decency. 

Indeed, even if such a recognition were to be arrogated 
through blackmail and coercion, it would be utterly 
rejected by the vast bulk of Palestinians, and treated 
like a marriage under duress, which is no less than an 
act of rape. 


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