Bill allowing towns to reject residents gains ground
Roni Sofer
Published: 27.10.10, 12:20
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1. Racist, huh? How many Jews live in Gaza? in Ramallah?
Shalom   (10.27.10)
2. #1
Ev ,   Tel Aviv   (10.27.10)
So you want Israel to lower itself to that level?
3. Are Jews welcome
Raphael ,   Netanya   (10.27.10)
In Pekiin, or in the arab section of Akko? Seems that pogroms are not racist events , according to our humanrightniks.
4. to #1 (and anyone/everyone else)
dan'al isra'il   (10.27.10)
forget aza and ramallah, how many jews live in um-el-fahem??
5. racism
avi ,   nyc   (10.27.10)
what race are Jews and what race are arabs?
6. Can we also ban charideem from living in our community?
lea ,   Kadima   (10.27.10)
If it means we can ban charideem from moving in to our community then im all for it. they move in and before you know start inflicitnig their life style on others and attempt to convert our children
7. Applies to Communities Below 500 Residents
EGGM ,   Petah Tikva, Israel   (10.27.10)
Therefore there's nothing "racist" about the proposal, even if it would theoretically be exclusively against Arabs. The reason is that the communities in question were founded on the principle of small nuclei where everyone works together and knows one another. If they don't want to accept a new member, either Jew or Arab, it's because they don't think that person will fit into their way of life, and this is just fine for small villages of below 500 residents. If the law is expanded to local councils though, then it's a problem, both for Jews and Arabs.
8. Absurd, Antagonistic and Bad Judgement
Yakov ,   Tel Aviv   (10.27.10)
To be sure, arguments can be foisted for such a bill. Maybe even justifiable arguments. But, is this good judgement? Is the firestorm that this kind of action will surely cause worthwhile? The reality is that the judge and jury of world opinion is truly against Israel. Should we care? You bet we do! With our enemies growing in strength, numbers and sophistication everyday, it can only benefit us NOT to draw such constant negative attention. With a nuclear Iran on the short horizon, minimizing the number of people who would actually prefer to see us disappear is in our benefit.
9. Wake-Up Call to World !!
Nour ,   One-State   (10.27.10)
It's becoming plainly obvious that so-called "jewish" state is really a fascist police state on a self-destructive path. ARABS WILL NOT LEAVE, THE GALILEE IS ARAB AND PALESTINE IS ARAB. How's that for right to self determination?
10. Nour you could be so funny!
David ,   Shiloh Israel   (10.27.10)
Just consider your words...You say that Jews are facist for prefering to live in communities amongst other Jews. Next you say that all of our country should only be Arab? Classic! For the record, most Jewish settlements have very tight criteria that 100% excludes many Jews that don't fit in. For example, a settlement with mainly young families prefers to only accept young Jews, the same is true for individual religious trends. Therefore it is certainly a system of preference, but not racist, I leave that to you!
11. Religious communities can reject non-religious families
Chaya ,   Tel Aviv   (10.27.10)
Or a vegetarian community can say they want only vegetarians. In the U.S. there are communities which bar animals and/or children from them. HOWEVER, having said that, if it is a community that is not defined as religious or vegetarian, and the people have the money to purchase, there would be no real reason to bar an Arab family from moving in - if they are willing to live in a predominantly Jewish community.
12. #6If antiSemitic Jews like you will be banned I'm all for it
George   (10.27.10)
13. legalized bigotry
Daniel ,   Tel Aviv   (10.27.10)
I'm sorry but this is just wrong. It is legalizing bigotry and not just against Arabs but also against secular Jews. If someone does not conform to the "cultural norms" of the community they can be told they are not welcome? Does that mean if I don't want Haredi Jews in my neighborhood I can vote to prevent them from buying in the area? Does the same apply to Indians, and blacks? This is just wrong on so many levels
14. Arabs & arab countries are all racist !!
Don Rosenberg ,   Palatine USA   (10.27.10)
#9 get your facts straight. Arabs are the interlopers and colonists who moved to Israel not long ago. Most came after us Jews developed the country so they could become parasites and claim its their country. Arabs are the true racists, fascists and illegals on Jewish land.
15. It seems Jim Crow alive and growing in Israel now
Bloodyscot ,   Dallas, Texas   (10.27.10)
This law is very close to the Jim Crow laws the Southern US had for many decades to keep Blacks under control and 2nd class citizens. This law is focused equally against Christians, with Vatican already against many of Israel's new policies, this could turn US against Israel at some point since 90% of Congress Christians.
16. Will this law ban discrimination in 500+ communities?
Beate ,   Holon Israel   (10.27.10)
or is it only the first installment of racist laws to make sure the existing racism won't gradually go away?
17. It is racist and dangerous
Israeli   (10.27.10)
These committees, which have always existed in smaller communities, allow for racist bigoted committee members no accountability to societies laws and therefore contrary to modern democratic values. Whether the person is denied for being Arab, religious, non-religious, gay, Mizrahi, Ashkenazi, etc. does not matter. In a democracy, citizens have the right to choose their communities and not the other way around. Note this also applies for Jews who want to live in Arab communities.
18. This should be for all Jewish communities
jason white ,   afula,israel   (10.27.10)
As well as for all Jewish schools. We should also make sure that missionaries and messanic "jews" can be banned as well as anti Zionist groups.
19. Israeli racists/Arab racists
Israeli   (10.27.10)
And for all those who love to point to Israel as the only racist apartheid state: Arab states and Palestinians do exactly the same thing. Forget East Jerusalem because it is more complex than just Jews wanting to live in an Arab community. I personally know Jews living in Gaza and Pekin who were persecuted for being Jewish and had to leave or pretend they are Muslim Palestinian to get by. Jews who lived in Arab countries spoke of constant persecution by Arabs and told where and how to live. Just like in Israel, the extremists are not the majority but they exist and pretending the Arab side has no racism or bigotries is nonsense.
20. 18 yeah, mandating racial & ideological purity is the ticket
mike ,   israel (formerly usa   (10.27.10)
are you sure you want an israel that has more in common with totalitarian gaza than with the rest of the free world? creepy to think about.
21. Lessons not learned.
Philip ,   Afula, Israel   (10.27.10)
From clogs to clogs in just over sixty years.
22. This is a democracy?????
A Jerusalemite ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (10.27.10)
23. not the first time
hello?? ,   us   (10.27.10)
communities in certain countries in europe apply those rules if you want to move into a small town...
24. Equality
Gee ,   Zikron Yaakov   (10.27.10)
First off I disagree with this bill it is bad period. That being said the Arabs ALREADY have this and it is court supported. Jews are barred from moving into 'Arab Towns'. So either ban the practice for all or allow it for all. One way or another make it equal. Either the racist Arabs lose this right or the Jews gain it as well.
25. You can choose to be NICE GUYS
Marcella   (10.27.10)
and embrace your enemies and turn the other cheek - but at the price of losing Israel. In a world as nasty, as violent, and as viciously hateful of Jews as this one, you cannot play by nice rules while your many enemies and adversaries play by other rules. It's the very survival of Jewish Israel that's at stake.
26. The only democracy in ME huh ?? LOL
Bill ,   Canada   (10.28.10)
Looking more and more like good ol' Germany to me....
27. Deja Vu all over again?
John Mohammad ,   USA   (10.29.10)
Why is it that before I even read the article, the very first thing that popped into my thoughts was "Nuremberg Laws"? Just as those laws were aimed at pushing the Jewish population out of the German community, so too are these aimed at Arabs. Funny how the face changes from German to Israeli, but the evil stays the same.
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