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Response to shira (Reply #27)
Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:54 PM
shaayecanaan (4,214 posts)
29. You enjoy denying the patently obvious, don't you?
There's no contradiction there.
Yes, there is. The difference is that a person could be a Black American, a White American, or a Chinese American. Likewise, someone could be a Kurdish Palestinian, or a Coptic Palestinian or a Jewish Palestinian. To be Palestinian is an identity that is potentially open to anyone, whereas to be Jewish is obviously an affiliation that is only open to Jews.
The problem with the sentence "Israel is a Jewish state" is that it is factually inaccurate. Roughly 20% of Israel's population is Arab and this will swell to 30% within a generation. If you have a bucket of sand with a grain of salt in it, you can still get away with calling it a bucket of sand. But if you have a basket containing seven apples and three bananas, you can no longer get away with calling it a basket of apples. It is a basket of apples and bananas.
To the extent that the Palestinian leadership does not want to deny the existence of Israeli Arabs or to imply that their connection to the land is any less legitimate than that of Jews, their objection to rubber stamping a patently racist conceit has a perfectly valid basis.
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You enjoy denying the patently obvious, don't you?
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