Tony Greenstein | 08 October 2013 | Post Views:

Israel – The Only State in the World that is not a State of its own Citizens

Hebron Settlers – Jewish nationals unlike those they rule over

Israeli Palestinians – accorded the rights of guests of the Jewish state 

The basis of Israeli Apartheid is the fact that it has no citizenship.  In this it is like Nazi Germany which stripped German Jews of their nationality in the 1935 Nuremberg Laws.  It is comprised of members of the Jewish ‘nation’ and hundreds of other fictional ‘nationalities’ (based on religion and any other factor which allows the colonist to divide and rule).  However Israel does its  best to hide this embarrassing fact, since for all other nations, nationality and citizenship are synonymous.  

Indeed Israel goes so far as to lie on its own passports.  It has a Jewish word ‘ezrahut’ above the English translation ‘nationality’.  But this is untrue.  ‘Ezrahut’ means citizenship not nationality.  The word for nation is leum.  As Bar Michael, a journalist on Yedioth Aharonoth observed: “We are all Israeli nationals — but only abroad.”
The problem in countries like Sri Lanka is that the Tamil people do not want to be Sri Lankan citizens or nationals.  In some countries like Belgium or Switzerland there are 2 or 3 nationalities.  But there is a difference.  One’s nationality makes no difference to one’s rights and duties, it confers no privilege.  In  Israel it is different.  Israel is a State of the Jews and Jews have preference in virtually everything – land, work, grants for local authorities etc.  They are, at best tolerated as long as they don’t grow beyond a certain percentage when ‘demographic fears’ that ‘ they’ are taking us over assert themselves.
The latest group to challenge the Zionist refusal to grant an Israeli nationality was Uzzi Ornan, who was a part of a group of 21 Jews including Uri Avnery.   He got no further than George Tamarin, a who petitioned unsuccessfully
to have the official registration of his nationality changed from
“Jewish” to “Israeli.” The High Court ruled that “there is no
Israeli nation separate from the Jewish nation … composed not only of
those residing in Israel but also of Diaspora Jewry.”
Then President of
the High Court Justice Shimon Agranat explained that acknowledging a
uniform Israeli nationality “would negate the very foundation upon which
the State of Israel was formed.”

And this is the crux of it.  Israel is a state not of its own citizens but Jews world wide, and it is from this that all the racism of Zionism is perpetuated.  If Germany or Ecuador, for example, refused to recognize its non-Protestant/Catholic citizens as nationals and would extend their nationality to all Protestants/Catholics around the world, privileging them over its own citizens who are not of the ruling religion then one could class such a state as racist and apartheid.
Washington Post

 October 4, 2013

JERUSALEM — Israel’s population registry lists a slew of “nationalities” and ethnicities, among them Jew, Arab, Druse and more. But one word is conspicuously absent from the list: Israeli.

Residents cannot identify themselves as Israelis in the national registry because the move could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s Jewish character, the Israeli Supreme Court wrote in documents obtained Thursday.

The ruling was a response to a demand by 21 Israelis, most of whom are officially registered as Jews, that the court decide whether they can be listed as Israeli in the registry. The group had argued that without a secular Israeli identity, Israeli policies will favor Jews and discriminate against minorities.

In its 26-page ruling, the court explained that doing so would have “weighty implications” on the state of Israel and could pose a danger to Israel’s founding principle: to be a Jewish state for the Jewish people.

The decision touches on a central debate in Israel, which considers itself both Jewish and democratic yet has struggled to balance both. The country has not officially recognized an Israeli nationality.

National and ethnic loyalties are often layered in Israel, a country founded on the heels of the British colonial mandate and initially populated by Jewish immigrants along with a small indigenous Jewish population and a larger Arab community.

There are Jews and Arabs. But the Jewish majority distinguishes itself between those from eastern Europe and those whose families originated in Arab countries. These communities are further divided based on the country, or even the village, their ancestors came from.

The 20 percent Arab minority also has Israeli citizenship, and many identify themselves as either Christian or Muslim. Israel is also home to a smattering of other minorities.

The national population registry lists a person’s religion and nationality or ethnicity, among other details. Any Jew, no matter what his country of origin, is listed as a Jew. Arabs are marked as such and other minorities, such as Druse, are listed by their ethnicity.

Judaism plays a central role in Israel. Religious holidays are also national holidays, and religious authorities oversee many ceremonies, such as weddings and funerals. Yet since Israel’s establishment in 1948, a distinct Israeli nationality has emerged, including foods, music and culture, and for most Jews, compulsory military service. While roughly half of Israel’s Jewish population define themselves first and foremost as Jewish, 41 percent of Israelis identify themselves as Israeli, according to the Israel Democracy Institute, a think-tank.

In the Supreme Court case, the 21 petitioners argued that Israel is not democratic because it is Jewish. They say that the country’s Arab minority faces discrimination because certain policies favor Jews and that a shared Israeli nationality could bring an end to such prejudice and unite all of Israel’s citizens.

“The Jewish identity is anti-democratic,” said Uzzi Ornan, the main petitioner who runs “I am Israeli,” a small organization devoted to having the Israeli nationality officially recognized.

“With an Israeli identity, we can be secure in our democracy, secure in equality between all citizens,” said Ornan, a 90-year-old professor of computational linguistics at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.

Israeli Arabs have long contended that, despite their citizenship, they are victims of official discrimination, with their communities receiving fewer resources than Jewish towns. While some Arabs have made strides in recent years in entering the Israeli mainstream, they are on average poorer and less educated than their Jewish counterparts.

The court’s deliberation focused mainly on how an officially recognized Israeli identity could pose a threat to Israel’s founding ideals and cause disunity. The court said it was not casting doubt on the existence of an Israeli nation.

Anita Shapira, a professor emeritus of Jewish history at Tel Aviv University, said that Judaism and Jewish nationalism go hand in hand and that if nationalism develops into an Israeli one, the Jewish essence will be lost. She also said it could estrange Jews from other countries whose connection to Israel is through religion.

“The attempt to claim that there is a Jewish nationality in the state of Israel that is separate from the Jewish religion is something very revolutionary,” she said.

Ornan also appealed to Israel’s interior minister in 2000 and took the matter to court in 2003 in a failed attempt to identify as Israeli. He vowed to continue his campaign.

Others have also tried to tackle the population registry. The late Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk persuaded a court in 2011 to have him listed as being “without religion,” though his ethnicity remained “Jewish.” Secularists considered the change a coup.

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