Israel's New Loyalty Oath - by Stephen Lendman
Since inception, Israel's democracy was illusory, but of late it's further eroded. The Cabinet's October 10 adopted Law of Citizenship amendment requires all non-Jews wanting it to pledge loyalty to "the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state," its latest anti-democratic measure.
Voting 22 - 8, it evoked protests from Israeli artists, writers and intellectuals in front of Tel Aviv's Independence Hall against "the continuous erosion of Israeli democracy." Actress Hana Maron quoted Israel's Declaration of Independence saying:
"I will read this again: '(the state of Israel) will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.' This makes me want to cry. What has become of us?"
Author Sefi Rachlevsky said:
"a country that invades the sacred space of the citizen's conscience, and punishes him for opinions and beliefs that are not in line with the authorities ceases to be a democracy and becomes a fascist state."
Defying the Cabinet's edict, Rachlevsky read excepts from a document titled "the declaration of independence from fascism," stating:
"We, citizens of Israel....have gathered here to announce that we shall not be citizens of the country purporting to be the state of Israel."
Professor Gavriel Solomon compared today's Israel to 1935 Germany, saying:
"the idea of Judenrein (Jew free zone) or Arabrein is not new....Some might say 'how can you compare us to Nazis?' I am not talking about the death camps, but about the year 1935. There were no camps yet but there were racist laws. And we are heading forward toward these kinds of laws. The government is clearly declaring our incapacity for democracy."
Solomon referred to the Nuremberg Laws, explained in a previous article, accessed through the following link:
Among other provisions, they:
-- protected "German Blood and German Honour;"
-- prevented marriage or sexual relations between Jews and Aryans;
-- denied rights and citizenship to anyone with Jewish blood;