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Troubling Israeli Religious Fundamentalism

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Troubling Israeli Religious Fundamentalism


Extremist Israelis advocate mass murdering Arabs.

by Stephen Lendman

Islamic fundamentalism is vilified in the West. Extremist Jews are largely ignored. In Israel they're dangerous. They influence  government policy. They seek control of Israel's rabbinical system.

Last January, Haaretz reported that ultra-Orthodox Shas party members used "improper methods bordering on the criminal (to get) its people appointed to key offices."

Israeli Haredim are ultra-Orthodox extremists. They believe their way is the only way. Others are heretics. Israel Shahak's (1933 - 2001) "Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel" explained its pervasive, destructive influence on Israeli politics, the military and society.

He called all forms of bigotry morally reprehensible, saying:

"Any form of racism, discrimination and xenophobia becomes more potent and politically influential if it is taken for granted by the society which indulges in it."

In Israel, he added: 

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