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Troubling Israeli Religious Fundamentalism

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Troubling Israeli Religious Fundamentalism


Extremist Israelis advocate mass murdering Arabs.

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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.

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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:

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"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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