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Shas ad removed following racism claims
Telem Yahav, Akiva Novick
Published: 09.01.13, 19:22
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1. Shas is 100 percent right!
Vladimir ,   Jerusalem   (01.09.13)
Stop fictitious conversions!
2. dumb
jared ,   toronto,canada   (01.09.13)
werent the mizrahim/sephardic immigrants subjected to similar bull sh*t. There needs to be a far less offensive process to this whole mess.
3. SH ASS is a RACIST therefore NOT democratic party. 1 just
Big Mouth ,   On the face   (01.09.13)
need 2 listen 2 ishai....
4. Shas and the Russians.
Nyetshasnikov ,   Haifa, Israel   (01.09.13)
The Russians came here and brought with them higher education,music, literature,theatre, sport, chess skills and so the list goes on. I was shocked to see the blatantly racist propaganda from Shas yesterday, didnt think that they would go so low. Presumably this is the stuff of their leaders. One last point, the Russian girl was gorgeous.
5. Shas members are not the Jewish gatekeepers
Vered, Israel   (01.09.13)
"A physician can't get a diploma by fax or expedited procedures, and no one should join the Jewish fold in such a manner." This is the crux of the problem. Shas, the self-appointed arbiter of who gets to be called Jewish, should not have that power in this State. If they want to have their own Orthodox standards, so be it. But they should not determine the standards of our nation. We should have conversion available to all streams of Jews, and each person who enters into marriage can make his or her own decision if the potential spouse is "Jewish enough". I'll take Russian olim who work to support the Jewish state, and have expressed a desire to join us over Chazal-worshipping racists any day.
6. #4: you missed the point
vid ,   new york   (01.09.13)
she wasnt jewish
7. couldnt have said it better!!!
avner ,   tel aviv   (01.09.13)
but when bombs are falling, these religious pussies dissapear to their yeshivot, and the real israelies, sabras, and not sabras (russians, americans, south americans, europeans etc) go to the front lines to defend this country!!! start serving in the army, no more excuses for these horrible beings.
8. The ad is racist?
Orly ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (01.09.13)
Which "race" is the target of the "racism" in this ad? Would that be the "white race" or the "gentile race"? Gentile isn't a race, and racism against white people - that'd be a first for a goverment to get involved in stopping it. Have we, in such a short time, already forgotten the meaning of "racism"?
9. Does anyone really doubt
A Jerusalemite ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (01.10.13)
that Shas is racist?
10. Yes, Orly there is a Santa Claus
A Jerusalemite ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (01.10.13)
11. # 6
Democrat ,   Israel   (01.10.13)
So what !!!
12. #6, it is you who have missed the point
Daniel ,   JM   (01.11.13)
The ad implies that all Russian-speaking Olim are not sufficiently Jewish. We must be grateful that our arab adversaries are sufficiently stupid to kepp attacking us. If they were any smarter, they would just step back and let us commit suicide by the kind of sectarian warfare openly promoted in this blatantly racist ad.
13. Destruction of Jewish State by Iran,etc? No:internal erosion
L ,   Merkaz, Israel   (01.23.13)
The Jewish character of Israel could so easily be disolved via shoddy conversions, so that no one would know who is genuinely a Jew via legitimate means. A JEW is one who is either born that way via a Jewish mother (paternity is contestable, while maternity is obviously not) or one who studies diligently and earnestly out of a genuine desire to entwine their destiny with that of the Jewish people.
14. The commercial may offend, but the truth hurts sometimes.
We can not FAX away the soul of the only Jewish State. Shas is mea achuz on this one: just as you wouldn't want your surgeon to have gotten his diploma faxed in from the "University of Guadalupe", so you don't want "insta-Jews" -- "Jews of convenience" with no investment in the meaning of being a Jew in a Jewish homeland. Anything worthwhile and important requires some investment of self, some measure of work. Conversion is part and parcel of Judaism. We don't actively try to convert anyone, but we are founded on it. King David himself was great-grandson of Ruth, the definitive convert. Moses' wife was daughter of the famous convert Jethro, etc, etc. There is nothing in traditional Judaism that shuns converts, just fake quick-fix ones.
15. #4 The Russians came here and brought Pork
If they'd come here honestly, and not faked being Jews so they could collect their free "rescue" airlifts from behind the iron curtain so they could "practice their Judaism freely" like all those other Russians eating ham sandwiches at the zoo with their large crosses dangling between their skin-tight leopard tank-dressed cleavages. Oh, don't forget all the money they received under the pretense of being "Jews" to settle in their "homeland" and create all those little mafias and human-trafficking rings they missed from back home in the good ol' USSR. Oh, they did bring excellent appliance movers. Nobody can haul my washing machine upstairs like a Ruskie and then insist that it costs way extra than the contract said. Thanks. Great contribution.
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