On Zionism, racism and fear
April 14, 2013 11:06
Jewish political independence should not come at the expense of human rights of non-Jewish citizens.
Racist grafitti 521.
(photo credit:Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)
IT IS no mean feat to be celebrating 65 years of Israel’s independence as a
Jewish and democratic state. A series of wars and armed conflicts, numerous acts
of terrorism and a global campaign to delegitimize Israel’s existence as a
national homeland for the Jewish people are just some of the external threats to
the Jewish people’s right to self-determination.But there is also an
internal threat to the Zionist dream of an Israel that would be a light onto the
nations, founded on the universal values of “freedom, justice and peace as
envisaged by the prophets of Israel,” as stated in the Declaration of
Independence. That threat is Jewish racism, directed at excluding Israeli Arabs
from the public sphere.