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Contradicting its own ruling, Israel’s Supreme Court legalizes segregated communities

The Israeli Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed various petitions against the Admissions Committees Law, which allows admissions committees in hundreds of communities in Israel to reject housing applicants based on their “social suitability.”

March 8, 2000 marked a unique moment in Israeli history. In a major decision, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that the town of Katzir, which was established on state land by the Jewish Agency, could not deny the right of the Arab Ka’adan family to live in the town simply on the basis that they were not Jewish. This was the first time that Palestinian citizens of Israel successfully challenged the legality of “Jewish-only” communities in the state, generating cautious optimism that it could set an important precedent for Palestinian rights in land and housing.

Fifteen years later, on September 17, 2014, these hopes came to an abrupt end. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court dismissed various petitions filed by human rights groups against the Admissions Committees Law, enacted by the Knesset in 2011. The law allows admissions committees in 434 communities in the Negev and the Galilee (about 43 percent of all towns in Israel) to reject housing applicants based on their “social suitability” and the communities’ “social and cultural fabric.” In effect, these committees are now legally permitted to refuse residency based on any “undesired” identity, including Palestinian, Sephardic, African, gay, religious, secular and others.

The Admissions Committees Law is the Israeli right wing’s response to the Supreme Court ruling in the Ka’adan case. Realizing that marginalized groups were increasingly challenging the state’s discriminatory practices, the Knesset under the 2009-12 Netanyahu government sought to turn Israel’s historical policies against these groups into law. Many Knesset members openly declared that the purpose of these laws was to subdue the “threats” posed by Palestinian citizens to the Jewish character of the state. The authors of the Admissions Committees Law even stated that, though deliberately written in neutral language, its main aim was to prevent Arab citizens from living with Jews.

This objective of segregation is not a new phenomenon in Israel, and has in fact been a central, ongoing practice since the state’s establishment in 1948. Legislation ranging from the Absentees Property Law (1950) to the Negev Individual Settlements Law (2011), along with the policies of the Jewish National Fund, Israel Land Authority and the government itself, operate with the explicit goal of securing maximum and privileged control of land for Israel’s Jewish citizens – a process known as “Judaization.” This runs jointly with the state’s goal of minimizing and concentrating non-Jewish communities in Israel, resulting in the mass confiscation of Palestinian land and the containment of Palestinian towns through discriminatory planning, home demolitions and unequal resource allocation.

Protesters outside the village of Hura in the Negev, protesting against the Prawer Plan, November 30, 2013. The Prawer Plan, if implemented, will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel. (Photo: Activestills.org)

Protesters outside the village of Hura in the Negev, protesting against the Prawer Plan, November 30, 2013. The Prawer Plan, if implemented, will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel. (Photo: Activestills.org)

However, what makes the admissions committees case significant is that the Supreme Court – the supposed bastion of Israeli democracy – has upheld this clearly discriminatory law, claiming that it could not determine yet if the law violated constitutional rights. Numerous petitions condemned the law from multiple angles, including nationality, race, religion and sexual orientation, but the court swept them aside. More importantly, the court directly undermined its own landmark ruling in the Ka’adan case, overriding one of the few legal decisions that set a precedent for minority rights in Israel and the struggle against state-sanctioned discrimination.

The latest ruling instead illustrates the deteriorating status of Palestinian citizens of Israel at the hands of an increasingly right-wing government and high court. Rather than introducing laws that guarantee equal rights for all of Israel’s citizens, the Knesset has worked to deepen racial inequality and consolidate its discriminatory vision for the state. Meanwhile, the judiciary has allowed the government to carry out this program, choosing not to set precedents on critical cases affecting Palestinian rights. With more discriminatory laws being introduced – including the Prawer Plan Bill, the Contributors to the State Bill, and the Jewish Nation-State Bill – Palestinian citizens and others are left fearing that, despite their best efforts to overturn it, race will continue to be the prime determinant of their rights.

It is therefore up to the public, non-governmental actors and the international community to take a principled stance against this unjust law. Racial separation, especially when engineered by a state, must elicit the same condemnation as other cases have before. Under the segregation laws of the Jim Crow South, gentrification and ghettoization were deliberately used against black Americans in order to keep white neighborhoods economically superior and racially homogenous, the effects of which remain damaging to this day. A more infamous comparison is apartheid South Africa’s Group Areas Act, which legalized the state’s policy of designating land for separate races. Like some of the Israeli law’s proponents today, South Africa’s leaders attempted to sugar-coat their intentions by describing racial separation as a policy of “good neighborliness.” However, such claims cannot conceal the fact that the Israeli Supreme Court’s approval of the Admissions Committees Law has granted legal cover for the principle of segregation and, at worst, has permitted a housing system that disturbingly resembles apartheid.

Amjad Iraqi is a projects and advocacy coordinator at Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

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    1. Richard

      Upholding private individuals’ right to discriminate is not apartheid. The same thing is legal in America. You think landlords aren’t allowed to do the same thing, in buildings that got tax breaks or other public assistance for their development? Like the article itself says, its legal to discriminate against a lot of different groups, not just Arabs. That’s not apartheid – not even close – and I think the author and everyone at Adalah knows it. Cynical move here.

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      • Ed

        Race, national origin and citizenship are protected classes in U.S. law. Housing discrimination based on any of these criteria are absolutely and unconditionally illegal under U.S. law

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_housing_(United_States)

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        • Richard

          Ed – you have no idea what you’re talking about. The law isn’t interpreted the way you think. Stop being simple minded and stop pretending to be capable of giving legal advice.

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      • Say that again?

        Richard: “Upholding private individuals’ right to discriminate is not apartheid.”

        But the article points out that it is “The Admissions Committees Law” which is “the Israeli right wing’s response to the Supreme Court ruling in the Ka’adan case”

        Got that?

        The Admissions COMMITTEES Law.

        When did a COMMITTEE become an “individual”, Richard?

        Richard: “Like the article itself says, its legal to discriminate against a lot of different groups, not just Arabs. That’s not apartheid”

        No? Why isn’t it apartheid?

        You do understand that apartheid South Africa didn’t just discriminate between “blacks” and “whites”, right?

        You do know that there was also a “coloured” and “indian” in the apartheid laws?

        So pointing out that this Israeli law allows the state to legalize discrimination against anyone that the Dominant Ethnicity doesn’t like is in no way a disqualifier for the moniker “apartheid”.

        Honestly, how can you put forward your arguments with a straight face?

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        • Richard

          Say that again? – I wrote INDIVIDUALS’ with an “S”: that’s plural dumbass. It doesn’t matter if its a committee or a golf club or a soccer team – people (PLURAL) or a person (SINGULAR) or any configuration of humans can decide to do whatever they want with their property in America.

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      • Carl Rosenberg

        So individuals–and small communities, apartment buildings, etc.–have the right to discriminate. In that case, would you say that the “restrictive covenants” written into some title deeds in the U.S. and Canada until well into the fifties, prohibiting Jews from renting, leasing or owning property, were justified?

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    2. bor

      Nice biased polemic against Israel that has nothing to do with reality and certainly nothing to do with race.

      Seriously, what drivel.

      Since the Yishuv’s early days, there have been small groups of people who have founded communities. Some of these became kibbutzim and some became moshavim, agricultural settlements. The work was hard, living conditions weren’t great and people lived in ways where they came to rely upon each other for economic and social well-being.

      Many of these communities were and are asked by other families and individuals whether they may join, particularly since they offer aspects of living that don’t exist in towns and cities.

      Historically, these communities had the right and ability to vet people who sought to join. After all, if you’re a lazy bum and the community needs hard workers, then adding a lazy bum increases economic and social pressure on the small group.

      The right to vet people, however, was challenged and these tiny communities – up to 400 people in size – came to the government and said that without the ability to control who joined their ranks they would have their size, traditions, culture and history undermined. They sought protection from this. The government complied by writing into law something these communities had done for a century. As small communities, they were saying that if they had to open their doors to anyone and everyone, THEIR members’ rights to enjoy the fruits of their own hard labor, sacrifices and development of communal hegemony would be contravened.

      The writer knows this, of course. He seeks to misrepresent the nature of these communities and the nature of what this law intended to accomplish. Want proof? In order to make the claims in this article appear to be so pernicious that they supposedly affect all of Israeli society, the writer notes that “The law allows admissions committees in 434 communities in the Negev and the Galilee (about 43 percent of all towns in Israel)…”

      Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? 43%. Wow.

      Except that 92% of Israelis don’t live in these communities. This law affects fewer than 8% of the entire country.

      http://kff.org/global-indicator/urban-population/

      But, whatever, good propaganda fodder for 972mag. It would have been possible to have a serious discussion about this law and its justifications or lack thereof, but instead we get this screed comparing Israel to the American South. Shameful.

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      • Jan

        My grandparents could not buy the home they wanted because homes in that area were barred to Jewish ownership. I guess that would have been just fine with you. Right?

        Some years ago in Los Angeles black singer Nat King Cole was not able to buy a home in an exclusive area. It was only after one of the Jewish residents, a friend of my parents, went door to door to talk to all the residents and to the realtor that Cole could buy that home. It was likely the fact that Cole was famous that allowed him to live in that neighborhood. But not long after the Courts threw out every covenant that restricted home ownership based on race, religion or ethnicity. That was a good idea, don’t you think, Bor?

        Maybe one day Israel will live up to its mantra of being a “democratic” state and will also throw out those restrictions. Maybe……………..

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        • Richard

          Restrictive covenants relate to what ANY owner of a property is allowed to do. This situation isn’t analogous because its private individuals making decisions on a case-by-case basis – its nothing to do with legal restrictions on the use of the property itself. Stop talking about what you don’t understand.

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      • bor

        The discussion below goes on forever and on unrelated tangents.

        One of the main points remains, however, which is that the author of this piece intentionally misrepresents the law under discussion because the law specifically disallows segregation or decisions by these communities on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc.

        Amjad has yet to respond to criticism of this misrepresentation of the law.

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    3. Mikesailor

      First of all, there is no liar like a zionist. Richard: there is no legal discrimination in housing in the US. None. In fact, there are numerous laws forbidding discrimination, especially in public housing where disctrimination based on race, sex religion or national origin can marke the perpetrators liable for jail time. The allowance of “admission committees’ to determine eligibility is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the Jim Crow eraand is an echo of South Africa’s apartheid system. And, dn’t try to pretend that this isn’t “state land” where all these “villages” are built over the ruins of Palestinian villages. Ergo. the state is approving the discrimination pure and simple. Is the truth so hard? As to Bore. he always lives up to his name.

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        • Mikesailor

          Are you really that dense? The co-op boards have limited discretion, they can only choose on grounds which are published beforehand such as number of occupants etc., and they cannot discriminate based on race, religion, sex, or ethnic origin. For years when boards could discriminate as ‘private entities’, Jews were usually not accepted as tenants, not were blacks, Latinos etc. All of these laws prohibiting discriminmation emanate from the Sixties and Seventies. Clerarly Zionists have not learned anything from their example. Why do you insist upon writing stuff so clearly erroneous? I would think it better that you folow the old adage: “It is better to stay silent and have others think you a fool than speak and remove all doubt.”

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          • bor

            You seem truly obsessed with me.

            Nonetheless, the example I provided is enshrined in the law and allows these boards to prevent anybody they wish from becoming tenants in their building. There are many reasons one may give for denying residence without ever having to concede that homophobia or racism lie behind the actual reasons.

            Having said that, and having actually spent time in communities precisely such as the one the author is describing in Israel, my experience is that race, gender, sexuality, etc. NEVER played a role in who was permitted to move in and live there and who wasn’t. Almost always the criteria for not permitting someone to live there involved social acclimation or lack thereof and inability to work within the expectations of the community.

            The author knows this well.

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      • Richard

        Mikesailor – you don’t know what you’re talking about. Private individuals can discriminate in who they sell or rent to all they want, as long as they don’t advertise in advance that they’re going to do it. Stop pretending to be a lawyer – giving legal advice when you’re not a lawyer actually is against the law, so maybe better for you to not dig yourself into a deeper hole.

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    4. Richard

      FYI for anyone reading this article – it originally said “apartheid” not “segregated” in the title, but +972 backtracked on the former. The latter is wrong too, but I guess its the worst they think they’ll get away with and still have people take the piece seriously. A real-time lesson in propaganda for anyone who’s interested.

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      • Amjad

        As the author I would like to clarify that I personally chose to change the title of the article because I decided it would help focus more attention on the content rather than the heading. However, the article remains unchanged and my position remains on the racist and discriminatory nature of the intentions behind the law and its effects on Palestinian citizens as well as other groups in Israel. But I don’t expect to change your mind either way. I will let readers decide to what extent they believe the law resembles other cases of discriminatory laws, including those of apartheid, whether it is the South African comparison or as defined by international law.

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        • Richard

          Segregation, in the United States, meant that the government enforced separation in education, healthcare, public space, and public life. That isn’t even close to happening in Israel, and the comparison is still ridiculous. Even saying segregation is cynical, and insulting to the people who actually suffered from it. Maybe you have no understanding of what you’re talking about because you never lived in a place that was once segregated. Take it from someone who has – you’re way off.

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        • david gold, esq.

          The only “apartheid” is the separation between two warring ethnic groups. One group is the vast majority of Arabs who are unwilling to grant an iota of Jewish self determination despite owning 99.9 percent of the Middle East. This cultural group often engages in honor killings, forced conversions, stonings, beheadings, suicide bombings, amputation of limbs, mass rape, mass murder, genital mutilation, etc..
          You might as well claim that having bathrooms for two genders is “apartheid”.

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    5. Mikesailor

      Richard: You still don’t know what you are talking about or you relish wallowing in ignorance. You cannot use a restrictive covenant to block potential buyers or renters on the basis of race, religion, sex or ethnic origin. It doesn’t matter how you write it, the US Supreme Court invalidated ALL restricive conenants of that ilk, both public AND private.I don’t deny that some discrimination exists but it is not, and has not been officially state- sanctioned for decades. Apparently the Israeli Court has decided that segregation based on race or whatever criteria a “committee” chooses at the moment will not be sanctioned but instead wholeheartedly approved. Aparthied by any other name…Now tell me: Why would a US cirizen, even a Jewish US citizen approve and support such a ruling? The hypocrisy would be blatant. It seems that Zionism is the perfect amnesia drug: it approves all immorality as long as it is seen as favorable to Jews. And you have the “chutzpa” to claim antisemitism when such actions are used to discriminate against Jews. Do you inderstand now why the world is gradually not listening to your whining any more?

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    6. Mikesailor

      Richard: Actually I am a lawyer and have been practicing law since 1982. When you finally learn what you are talking about, let everyone know. Otherwise, as my grandfather used to say: “Take a long walk down a short pier.” If ignorance is bliss you must be the happiest SOB alive.

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      • Richard

        Mikesailor: Good for you – that means you’re being dishonest, which is worse. There are no restrictive covenants at issue here, and an American court WOULD uphold private individuals’ right to discriminate, just like here. All your personal attacks aside, I am right and you are wrong. All you have left is more name-calling, sorry.

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      • Gustav

        “Actually I am a lawyer and have been practicing law since 1982″

        Then, Mikey, it’s time to hang up your boots. I fear your past is about to catch up with you because if the posts which you post here are an indication, your poor ex clients are going to go after your ass with malpractice lawsuits. I would consider emigration to escape them. For you, I recommend Gaza.

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    7. Bruce Gould

      From the Jerusalem Post ( http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/NGOs-to-petition-against-racist-laws ):

      “According to the law, the acceptance committees will be made up of two existing residents, a representative of the movement the village or neighborhood belongs to, a representative of the Jewish Agency or the World Zionist Organization, and a representative of the local council.”

      So it’s like the government having a seat on your co-op committee.

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    8. Average American

      May I approach this from a different angle. Were the State Rabbis involved in this decision? Does the court consult the State Rabbis in forming its decision? Even if not “consult”, is there influence from the Rabbis?

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    9. bor

      Actually, it appears that Amjad Iraqi misrepresented the law and its restrictions.

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israeli-ag-defends-controversial-law-on-admissions-panels-1.409233

      “The state said the law…expressly states that communities cannot reject applicants for reasons of race, religion, gender or nationality.”

      Wow. Apparently, the law specifies, as I wrote above that only social issues may determine whether someone is accepted.

      “The law, passed last March, allows the use of acceptance committees “to bar residents who do not suit the lifestyle and social fabric of the community” only in communities in the Galilee and the Negev that have fewer than 400 families.”

      Good thing you removed the word “apartheid,” Amjad. Perhaps now you can remove “segregation” as well?

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    10. You're kidding, right?

      Bor: “Wow. Apparently, the law specifies, as I wrote above that only social issues may determine whether someone is accepted.”

      Yeah, like, wow, man!

      Because it should be obvious that the likely impact upon the Feng Shui of the community is something that a committees judge on an entirely non-race, religious-free, gender-neutral basis.

      Because that’s the trick i.e. the decision that “you’re not Jewish enough to fit in here” is quite okay to Bor, because that’s COMPLETELY different from the utterly-unacceptable “you’re far too Goy to fit in here”.

      Even though, errrr, ummmmm, the former is simply the other side of the coin to the latter.

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      • bor

        Like, wow, you wrote an entire comment and said nothing.

        The law is what is written in the law. You may wish to claim that the law won’t be upheld or whatever you feel like claiming, but you’re a commenter here. The author of the piece presumably has an obligation to tell the truth and the truth is that the law does not permit what he claims it does.

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        • You're Kidding, Right?

          bor: “The law is what is written in the law.”

          The term “dog whistle politics” mean nothing to you, bor?

          Because that law – as written – is the classic example of a racist legislature blowing a dog whistle.

          bor: “You may wish to claim that the law won’t be upheld or whatever you feel like claiming,”

          No, I’m pointing out that even if it is “upheld” that law – as written – claims to outlaw one thing while enacting that very same outcome.

          You are too dense to realise that, are you? Really?

          That law – as written – makes it illegal for a Jewish-dominated committee to bar anyone for being too goy for their tastes.

          But that law – as written – makes it perfectly OK for a Jewish-dominated committee to bar someone for not being Jewish enough for their tastes.

          You claim that there is a big – indeed, a fundamental – difference between those two propositions.

          There isn’t.

          There is only a dog whistle being blown, and you are pretending you can’t hear it.

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          • bor

            Yet another comment where you’ve said nothing.

            By the way, whenever I see someone use the word “goy” in their anti-Israel comment, a big red light begins to flash above my head.

            Too bad Amjad isn’t here to explain why the law is misrepresented in this article and its title.

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          • You're kidding, right?

            bor: “Yet another comment where you’ve said nothing.”

            I can’t help that you are pretending to be too dense to comprehend what I am writing, bor.

            Here, let me try another tack: your claim is that the law – as written – can not possibly be racially discriminatory because it says In Black And White that it isn’t.

            Where’s Mandy Rice Davies nowadays? I’m pretty sure she would have the correct answer to Bor’s claim.

            bor: “By the way, whenever I see someone use the word “goy” in their anti-Israel comment, a big red light begins to flash above my head.”

            I see… and yet you accuse me of posting about nothing…

            Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, say hello to Mr Pot.

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          • bor

            Let me help you a little here, Mr. Kidding. The law was not created because of Arabs, despite the claims of NGOs like Adalah that are in the business of attacking anything and everything Israeli (and, of course, using Israel’s laws to do so in Israel’s courts with Israel-trained Arab lawyers), the law was created for smaller communities to have the legal ability to refuse access to people who would destroy the fabric of their community. If you know some of these communities, as I do, you would know they would be more likely to take in Arab families than Jewish ones in many instances. I don’t think being Arab is an issue for most of them (it might be for some).

            How do we know that this isn’t the intent of the law or the manner in which it will be implemented? Two reasons. The first, as even this biased Adalah author points out, is that the High Court already ruled that Israeli Arabs have the right to live wherever they want. Second, this new law specifies that such exclusions are illegal and when hearing the arguments of the two sides, this was a critical line of questioning by the justices.

            Now, I realize that for someone who disrespects Israel as you do, nothing I say will convince you that Israel is a county of laws and that this law will be respected. After all, you read propaganda on 972 and you accept it at face value. However, even a former president of the country, sentenced by an Arab judge to prison, will testify that Israel is indeed a country of laws. You should try to be more accepting.

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          • You're kidding, right?

            bor: “The law was not created because of Arabs,”

            I’m going to stop Mr Boor riiiiight there and point out that his little straw man argument is exactly the reason why I chose to use the word “Goy” rather than the word “Arab”.

            Bor, sunshine, the law was created because of G.O.Y.S.

            Zionists don’t like ‘em, and that’s why this law was written i.e. so that the Zionists can hunker down here, there, and everywhere, and everywhere they **do** hunker down they can ensure that nobody else comes in and ruins their party.

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          • Gustav

            “Even though, errrr, ummmmm”

            This sums up your diatribes, clown.

            ‘You’re kidding Right?’

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          • bor

            92% of Israel’s population does not live in the communities. Think about that statistic to understand how wrong you are.

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    11. Bruce Gould

      Ha’aretz reports that 25% of Israeli citizens aren’t Jewish, so who could possibly object to standing in front of an admissions committee that has a member of the Jewish Agency or World Zionist Organization sitting on it?

      Most land is in Israel is managed by the state (see: “The Other Side of Israel” by Susan Nathan). They don’t give a lot of construction permits to Palestinians so there’s a housing shortage (see: Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions) so Palestinians are trying to move to smaller communities, where they will confront admissions committees….it’s apartheid.

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    12. bor

      Amjad? You hiding?

      Will you kindly explain why your article doesn’t mention that the law prohibits discrimination? Also, can you explain how you can claim this law is segregationist if it prohibits segregation? Thanks.

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      • Gearoid

        No one is hiding you fascist shill.

        You are lying, and people are tired of trying to correct your bigotry with facts.

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        • bor

          Bigotry? Fascism?

          Me?

          Quite the opposite, I’m the guy who points out the anti-Jewish, anti-Israel bigotry, not to mention profound hypocrisy.

          Why didn’t Amjad link to the language of the law in question? Why did he describe it as segregationist when it is very explicitly not?

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        • Gustav

          “No one is hiding you fascist shill.

          You are lying, and people are tired of trying to correct your bigotry with facts.”

          People? The likes of you and some of your cronies here are not people. The word germs is more appropriate for you guys, you spread hatred and bigotry against us.

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          • MuslimJew

            “People? The likes of you and some of your cronies here are not people. The word germs is more appropriate for you guys, you spread hatred and bigotry against us.”

            If you don’t like germs, stop playing with Israel’s butthole, dumbass. Now stop mangling the English language and go wash your mouth out with bleach, socio.

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      • Bruce Gould

        Bor, can you think of any laws in the U.S. which sound fine on paper but which in actual reality have been used to discriminate against certain minorities? Anything come to mind?

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        • bor

          I see, so the law “sounds fine on paper” but you agree to a post calling it segregationist (and before that, apartheid). Even the author points out that Israel’s High Court has ruled against housing discrimination toward Arabs.

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          • Bruce Gould

            But my question, Bor, was this: do you know of any laws in the U.S. that were fine on paper, that were even ruled by courts to be constitutional, but were in fact discriminatory? In your opinion, has there ever been a difference between theory and reality?

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          • bor

            Of course there are such laws. So what? Therefore governments shouldn’t write laws, lawyers shouldn’t argue about those laws, justices shouldn’t argue about them and people shouldn’t live by them?

            This is a law. It has components that negate the claims being made by all the anti-Israel folks here. You don’t have a clue how it will be implemented. Come back in 3 years with examples of how this law has been abused and then you might have a case. Presently, all you and Amjad can say is that you think this is how the law will be ignored.

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          • Bruce Gould

            Well, I’ve explained the problem with the law: as the Jerusalem Post explained, a member of either the
            Jewish Agency or World Zionist Organization will sit on the admissions board. It seems to me, first of all, that this invalidates the “co-op committee” analogy. Second, if you’ve been studying how Israeli society is organized, these two organizations are responsible for keeping the land in the hands of the Jews, they are enforcers of the “Jewish nature” of Israel, so it seems highly likely that their presence will keep Palestinians from even applying to live in communities.

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          • bor

            Again, you are welcome to come up with as many conjectures as you like. They’re meaningless. As meaningless as the point this article is seeking to make.

            Come back with evidence.

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    13. Gustav

      Here is a horrific description of what Palestinian Arabs do to Israelis when they feel they can. This is how they lynched two of our reservist soldiers when they lost their way and drove into Ramallah and were apprehended by the PA police at the early stages of the 2nd Intifadah. This is how they treated prisoners of war.

      “The Israeli reservists were beaten, stabbed, had their eyes gouged out, and were disemboweled. At this point, a Palestinian (later identified as Aziz Salha), appeared at the police station window, displaying his blood-stained hands to the crowd, which erupted into cheers. The crowd clapped and cheered as one of the soldier’s bodies was then thrown out the window and stamped and beaten by the frenzied mob. One of the bodies was set on fire. Soon after, the mob dragged the two mutilated bodies to Al-Manara Square in the city center as the crowd began an impromptu victory celebration. Palestinian policemen did not prevent, and in some cases actually took part in, the lynching.[2][3][4][5]”

      And we are the evil racists? They are the innocent suffering victims? Pull the other one, a-holes!

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      • MuslimJew

        “Here is a horrific description of what Palestinian Arabs do to Israelis when they feel they can.”

        WAAH! WAAH! WAAH!

        Look at what these people we’ve been controlling, oppressing and persecuting for decades do to the people who have also been holding them hostage for decades.

        These hostages of ours should stick to burning us alive, shooting us in the head at point blank range and sexually abusing our children, if they wish to be civilised like us.

        WAAAAAAHH!

        “And we are the evil racists? They are the innocent suffering victims? Pull the other one, a-holes!”

        Yes.

        Yes.

        Try pulling your head out of your A-hole.

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        • Gustav

          “Look at what these people we’ve been controlling, oppressing and persecuting for decades do to the people who have also been holding them hostage for decades.”

          No my little puppy dog you are lying again. We have been a lot nicer to you than you would have been to us if the shoe would have been on the other foot if we would have provoked you at every turn as you provoked us as described in my above post and below.

          “These hostages of ours [the Palestinian Arabs who have been trying to destroy us for nearly 100 years now ... ] should stick to burning us alive, shooting us in the head at point blank range and sexually abusing our children, if they wish to be civilised like us.”

          Thank you MuslimJew for revealing your agenda for us you tinpot little Nazi. But the days of Nazis like you are over. Try your little wet dream on us and you will wake up dead.

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    14. Gustav

      Here A-holes. Educate yourselves about what goes on in your own countries which are not involved in an existential war with their neighbors, unlike Israel whose very right to existence has been challenged by many Palestinian Arabs since 1948.

      “Historically, many country clubs refused to admit members of minority racial groups, such as Black people, Asian Americans, and non-white Hispanic Americans, as well as members with specific faiths, such as Jewish or Catholic individuals. In many jurisdictions, such discriminatory requirements are now prohibited, but in others, such policies are still legal or are subject to specific circumstances.[13] In some cases, lawsuits have forced clubs to drop discriminatory policies.”

      Get it?

      “but in others, such policies are still legal or are subject to specific circumstances.[13]”

      Any comments about those places from you clownish bigots and kangaroo court “lawyers” who spend all your days spreading malice against us here and in other similar one eyed publications? While you stubbornly ignore what goes on elsewhere including in the Arab world where minorities such ad Christians, yazidis, Kurds are routinely subject to discrimination, abuse and murder?

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      • MuslimJew

        “Here A-holes. Educate yourselves about what goes on in your own countries which are not involved in an existential war with their neighbors, unlike Israel whose very right to existence has been challenged by many Palestinian Arabs since 1948.”

        Keep screwing yourself, A-hole. Keep fighting your “existential war”, while your “neighbors” fight for their lives.

        “Get it?”

        We get that you’re a bigoted, brain-dead A-hole, who doesn’t know shit from shinola, and who nobody wants in their country club.

        “Any comments about those places from you clownish bigots and kangaroo court “lawyers” who spend all your days spreading malice against us here and in other similar one eyed publications? While you stubbornly ignore what goes on elsewhere including in the Arab world where minorities such ad Christians, yazidis, Kurds are routinely subject to discrimination, abuse and murder?”

        WAAH! WAAH! WAAH!

        Why are we the only vile A-holes who aren’t allowed to be vile A-holes.

        WAAAAAAHH!

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        • MuslimJew

          “You are running out of arguments, poopsie. We don’t play a zero sum game, if we would, you wouldn’t be whining about Palestinian Arabs because we would finish them.”

          And you ran out of arguments a long time ago, princess, and time is not on your side. If you “finish them”, it will finish you. But do keep playing your zero sum game, believing you’re onto a winner, won’t you princess. And keep whining like a spoiled little princess who isn’t getting her own way.

          “But we are not inhuman like you.”

          Keep deluding yourself, princess.

          “Now you are speaking in tongues, right?”

          No, English, princess.

          “Deal or no deal, poopsie?”

          No deal, princess.

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          • Gustav

            “And you ran out of arguments a long time ago, princess”

            Really, poopsie? Then how come you are still arguing with me?

            “and time is not on your side.”

            We have all the time in the world, poopsie.

            “If you “finish them”, it will finish you.”

            If we finish them? We won’t have to. They are good at finishing themselves.

            “But do keep playing your zero sum game”

            I see you still don’t know your left hand from your right hand, poopsie. We are not the ones who are playing a zero sum game. If we would be, they would be all gone by now.

            They are the ones who are trying to play a zero sum game with us. But they are just not successful at it. That’s the thing which they and you are so pissed off about.

            “believing you’re onto a winner”

            We don’t only believe it but we are proving it to you. Doesn’t it just kill you? The knowledge of it?

            “won’t you princess.”

            Yes, poopsie? Did you wanna say something?

            “And keep whining like a spoiled little princess who isn’t getting her own way.”

            The whining which you keep on hearing, poopsie, is your own.

            “Keep deluding yourself, princess.”

            You are the delusional one, poopsie.

            “No, English, princess.”

            No sprechen zi da English, poopsie? Go to English classes then.

            “No deal, princess.”

            Aw, shucks, poopsie, you are missing out …

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    15. Institutional racism comes in bits and pieces, small enough to stay off the global radar, but the end result is the same: racism which corrupts the racist state to the point of self-destruction.

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      • Richard

        That’s a pleasant fantasy for you maybe – the more likely scenario (quite common actually) is that when someone is tasked with making propaganda, over time they become detached from reality and start to believe it themselves.

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      • bor

        Is that why Arab Israelis get more per capita funding from the state of Israel than every other group in Israel society except for Judea and Samaria settlers? Is that why the government has instituted an affirmative action plan to hire more Arab Israelis? Is that why an Arab woman won valedictorian at the Technion? Is that why Christian Arabs matriculate in higher numbers than Jews? Is that why Arab MKs can travel to Qatar, funding source of Hamas, during an operation against Hamas and meet with a man who apparently spied on Israel for Hizbullah without anything happening to them? Is that why Amjad and his co-workers, all trained in the law at Israeli universities, can file endless lawsuits and distribute and publicize documents that essentially seek to rewrite history and turn Israel into some fantasy of the Palestinian leadership?

        Considering the nature of the fighting surrounding the Yishuv and Israel for almost a century now, the quality of life Israel offers Arabs who give nothing back to the state in terms of national service or military service, as well as its constant efforts to improve this quality of life and address social and other inequalities should have you cheering for the country, Sam, not critiquing it as you do.

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    16. Gustav

      And here is more, A-holes. You want to complain against discrimination? Read this link, it gives an intro on how Muslim law treats non Muslims:

      http://www.answering-islam.org/NonMuslims/rights.htm

      “1)
      Zimmis are not allowed to build new churches, temples, or synagogues. They are allowed to renovate old churches or houses of worship provided they do not allow to add any new construction. “Old churches” are those which existed prior to Islamic conquests and are included in a peace accord by Muslims. Construction of any church, temple, or synagogue in the Arab Peninsula (Saudi Arabia) is prohibited. It is the land of the Prophet and only Islam should prevail there. Yet, Muslims, if they wish, are permitted to demolish all non-Muslim houses of worship in any land they conquer.
      2)
      Zimmis are not allowed to pray or read their sacred books out loud at home or in churches, lest Muslims hear their prayers.
      3)
      Zimmis are not allowed to print their religious books or sell them in public places and markets. They are allowed to publish and sell them among their own people, in their churches and temples.
      4)
      Zimmis are not allowed to install the cross on their houses or churches since it is a symbol of infidelity.

      Read on. There are plenty more examples of discrimination in that summary, which details how Muslims are obliged to treat non Muslims. Nor is it just theory. Many such laws or variants of it are actually in force in many Arab countries.

      Go cry your crocodile tears about them, hypocrites.

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      • MuslimJew

        “And here is more, A-holes. You want to complain against discrimination? Read this link, it gives an intro on how Muslim law treats non Muslims…

        Go cry your crocodile tears about them, hypocrites. ”

        I’m crying tears of laughter, dhimmī, thanks to all the ridiculous shit you keep coming up with.

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        • Gustav

          “I’m crying tears of laughter, dhimmī, thanks to all the ridiculous shit you keep coming up with.”

          Ridiculous shit? Are you in denial? Let me guess, you are now going to claim that what that link says about how Muslims treat their minorities, are just lies?

          Of course you would say that. Lying comes naturally for you but people out there know the truth. You can hide but you can’t run, “MuslimJew”.

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    17. Bruce Gould

      When the European settlers colonized North America the locals were not always pleasant, no sir. There were massacres and counter massacres, the locals were called savages incapable of civilization and so forth; the responses of the locals were chaotic, fragmented, incoherent and violent. But we all know the real story: a stronger society came in and stole the land and resources from the people who were living there. I frame what is happening now in that light: a militarily more powerful society is forcing the locals from their land and doing everything it can to get them to leave. Just leave.

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      • bor

        That’s interesting because the Arab and Muslim states spent a great deal of energy and military force saying or doing things that meant “just leave” to Jews within their countries and in Mandatory Palestine.

        Consider that these states control and controlled territory about 8,000,000 sq. miles in size while Israel controls about 8,000 sq. miles. The Sinai alone is three times Israel’s size. Their populations, just in surrounding countries, number over 150,000,000 (370,000,000 if we include all Arab states) to Israel’s 6,000,000 Jews. Yet, it’s Israel that is the “thief” of land. Israel is the “aggressor.”

        Here’s another view. It is the result of the Arab states’ actions that Israel was created as it was, just as it’s the Arab states’ fault that a massive population exchange took place wherein 99% of the Jews from Muslim and Arab lands who lived there in 1948 no longer do and 75% of them as well as their descendants now live in Israel instead.

        Do you know how old some of these Jewish communities were? The one in Israel has been there for at least 2600 years and the one in Iraq for at least 2500 years. As I noted, the Arabs control 1000 times the land, have 25-60 times the population of Israel’s Jews, but somehow in your universe it is Israel that is the “colonizer” forcing the Arabs off their land.

        As the Armenian Christians of early last century would tell you, as the Kurds would tell you, as the Copts will tell you, as the Baha’i would tell you, as Iraqi Sunnis would tell you, as half of Syria would tell you and as Yazidi women presently providing sexual services to men who are not their husbands would tell you, in the Middle East you either win or you’re finished. The only reason you can even talk about Israel is that it won in a war where it was expected to lose and be destroyed, and since then has maintained its edge.

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      • Gustav

        “I frame what is happening now in that light: a militarily more powerful society is forcing the locals from their land and doing everything it can to get them to leave. Just leave.”

        At least you are honest, Bruce. You used exactly the right terminology “FRAME”. In other words, you choose to believe what you WANT to believe. But from that point on it goes from bad to worse.

        You compare us to European settlers but we are not. We are some of us at least are natives to this land. Natives with an ancestry going back for thousands if years. Others are returned descendants of people who called this land their home before the Arabs were even heard of and that claim is not only based on what is in the Bible but it is backed up by ample historical and archeological evidence too.

        Moreover, Bruce, even many of those descendents who returned can trace their recent ancestry to this land back to the 1850s so even if you don’t accept their ancient ancestry, even then, those Jews should be considered to be natives I mean white Australians have not been in Australia much longer than that and noone claims that they are just colonizers who should be shipped back to Europe. Nor do people like you seem to care about the fact that many Palestinian Arabs immigrated into Palestine around the same time when the Jewish people started returning, around the 1850s.

        So you see Bruce? All that adds up to ONE fact. This is our home and our ONLY home. Unlike your Euoropean colonizers, we have no place to return to because Eorope doesn’t want us and we most of us at least, don’t want Europe, we have too many bad memories there. So we will keep fighting for our home here till we will ensure that the neighboring savages (your description) give up their attempt to eliminate us and choose to live with us as good nighbors. They in their country and we in our country.

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        • Bruce Gould

          Since I’ve been honest about my postion, you can be honest about your position: are you saying that every Palestinian living in Israel proper and the West Bank needs to leave for parts elsewhere?

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          • Gustav

            I am being very honest. No, none of them have to leave. But they have to learn to accept the fact that we are home and we are here to stay as an independent Jewish nation. And those Arabs who are already citizens of our nation, 20% of them approximately, can stay as part of our nation, unless they don’t want to of course, which I suspect are very few of them because they know that they won’t be as well off if they choose to be part of any other neighboring Arab state.

            Once they accept that fact, presumably they, the Arabs of the West Bank and Gaza, will also accept the idea of living besides us as good neighbors in their own state in peace.

            Otherwise this mess will continue as long as it will continue till they learn to accept the above fact.

            Have I answered your question Bruce?

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          • Bruce Gould

            All this talk of a Jewish state is wonderful – my family lost their entire European wing during the Holocaust – so I understand the impulse for a “Jewish state”. But the devil is always in the details: if you look at the Israeli legal system under a magnifying glass – which the article on admissions committees does – it’s starting to look more and more like apartheid. In the next 20 years Americans will need to make a decision about whether they want to continue sending 3 billion a year in military and financial aid to a “Jewish state” which looks like it’s founded on the idea that in order to feel comfortable the Jews can’t have anyone else around. In theory I can become a citizen of Israel and live in a settlement built on stolen privately owned Palestinian land (see: Peace Now. In the early 2000′s someone in the Israeli government leaked some documents to them.) whereas some non-combatant Palestinian who was ethnically cleansed in 67 isn’t allowed to come back.

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          • Gustav

            “Jewish state” which looks like it’s founded on the idea that in order to feel comfortable the Jews can’t have anyone else around”

            Is that why 20% of Israel’s citizens are Muslim Arabs?

            And they have it so bad, right … ? Wrong! How do we know? Because when Liberman talked of the possibility of conceding the Galil together with it’s Arab population to the proposed new Palestinian Arab state. Most of the Arabs who would have been affected, were horrified.

            Now, ask yourself this. Would a people who are allegedly so mistreated by us be unhappy with such an idea? The possibility of keeping everything, including their lands but be part of a “free democratic” Arab state”? Or would they be overjoyed by the prospect? But they were not overjoyed because they knew that they would never have things as good as they have it now.

            You are just another person, Bruce, who looks at things and no matter what you see, you just go on believing what you want to believe. Your kind is very common in magazines like these. But thank goodness, there is a big world beyond the narrow world which propaganda rags like these try to create and people like you try to perpetrate through make-believe.

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          • MuslimJew

            “I am being very honest. No, none of them have to leave. But they have to learn to accept the fact that we are home and we are here to stay as an independent Jewish nation.”

            I am being very honest. They won’t be leaving. They won’t be giving you a home-coming party. Try Atlantis.

            “And those Arabs who are already citizens of our nation, 20% of them approximately, can stay as part of our nation, unless they don’t want to of course, which I suspect are very few of them because they know that they won’t be as well off if they choose to be part of any other neighboring Arab state.”

            25%, and rising. They won’t be leaving either.

            “Once they accept that fact, presumably they, the Arabs of the West Bank and Gaza, will also accept the idea of living besides us as good neighbors in their own state in peace.”

            They won’t be accepting your delusional rantings as “fact”, and they won’t be leaving the West Bank and Gaza. You don’t want peace.

            “Otherwise this mess will continue as long as it will continue till they learn to accept the above fact.”

            This mess of your own making will continue until you learn the difference between delusional rantings, and fact.

            “Have I answered your question Bruce?”

            Entertain us some more, clown.

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          • MuslimJew

            “I don’t have to…”

            But you couldn’t stop yourself if you tried.

            Thanks for the LOLZ you stupid, limp-wristed, fakestinian.

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          • MuslimJew

            “And those Arabs who are already citizens of our nation…”

            Are third class citizens of your apartheid state. Your apartheid state never has and never will regard them as nationals.

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          • Gustav

            “Are third class citizens of your apartheid state. Your apartheid state never has and never will regard them as nationals.”

            Wrong guess. We always did regard them as nationals and we always will despite the fact that the truth gives you such pain.

            Our Arab citizens can become anything they want in our state. High court judges, members of the Knesset, beauty queens, doctors, lawyers or more and they have. They get free health care and pensions when appropriate like all other Israelis. Go eat your heart out. Me? I am all for it. And imagine how things could be in peace time if this is how we treat them during the 100 year war which other Arabs forced on us?

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        • MuslimJew

          “At least you are honest, Bruce. You used exactly the right terminology “FRAME”. In other words, you choose to believe what you WANT to believe. But from that point on it goes from bad to worse.”

          Either work on your English comprehension, or stick to “Hebrew”, stupid.

          “You compare us to European settlers but we are not. We are some of us at least are natives to this land. Natives with an ancestry going back for thousands if years. Others are returned descendants of people who called this land their home before the Arabs were even heard of and that claim is not only based on what is in the Bible but it is backed up by ample historical and archeological evidence too.”

          You are European settlers and colonizers, A-hole. Get a fucking clue, cretin, “natives” don’t have to get on a plane or a boat, to get from Europe and North America to the land they’re colonizing. Here’s another clue, stupid, you have to have been there before yourself, before you can claim you “returned” there. Palestinians of all religions have been speaking Arabic for millennia, because no one had to invent a zombie language for them so they could pretend to be Bible-Jews. There is ample historical and archeological evidence that you’re full of shit.

          “Moreover, Bruce, even many of those descendents who returned can trace their recent ancestry to this land back to the 1850s so even if you don’t accept their ancient ancestry, even then, those Jews should be considered to be natives I mean white Australians have not been in Australia much longer than that and noone claims that they are just colonizers who should be shipped back to Europe. Nor do people like you seem to care about the fact that many Palestinian Arabs immigrated into Palestine around the same time when the Jewish people started returning, around the 1850s.”

          Moreover, moron, you won’t even recognise as natives those Palestinians you A-holes didn’t manage to purge from the land before and after you A-holes unilaterally claimed “independence”. Those Palestinians who are still living in the Palestinian territories and in Israel, the Palestinians who’ve been living their for generations because you A-holes haven’t got round to removing them yet, you don’t consider them natives. So don’t try to be clever, and go shove a Bible up your whiny, self-entitled and sanctimonious A-hole instead. Wake me when “white Australians” start blowing up schools and hospitals, and targeting Aboriginal Australians with DIME weapons and white phosphorus shells. Nobody cares about your delusional rants masquerading as “fact”.

          “So you see Bruce? All that adds up to ONE fact. This is our home and our ONLY home. Unlike your Euoropean colonizers, we have no place to return to because Eorope doesn’t want us and we most of us at least, don’t want Europe, we have too many bad memories there. So we will keep fighting for our home here till we will ensure that the neighboring savages (your description) give up their attempt to eliminate us and choose to live with us as good nighbors. They in their country and we in our country.”

          Nobody wants you because the ONE fact is that you’re an A-hole. Try Atlantis.

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          • MuslimJew

            “Now go and fuck your mother you inbred son of a bitch.”

            Go lick out a mako, so you can find Atlantis more quickly, you delusional fishfucker.

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          • Gustav

            “Go lick out a mako, so you can find Atlantis more quickly, you delusional fishfucker.”

            What? You haven’t fucked your mother yet? I guess even she does not like you because I bet you can’t even tie your own shoe laces and she is sick of the monstrosity she created.

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          • Gustav

            “Please tell us some more Bible stories.”

            You like Bible stories? Careful, your fellow Muslims will think you are an apostate and you do know what they will do to you then?

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          • MuslimJew

            “You like Bible stories? Careful, your fellow Muslims will think you are an apostate and you do know what they will do to you then?”

            Your Bible stories are funny. I don’t need to be careful. My fellow Muslims think you’re a moron too, as do my fellow Christians and Jews.

            Please tell us some more Bible stories, then tell us some Qur’an stories, so we can all laugh at you.

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          • Gustav

            “Your Bible stories are funny. I don’t need to be careful.”

            You need to be careful poopsie.

            “My fellow Muslims think you’re a moron too, as do my fellow Christians and Jews.”

            Your fellow Muslims think YOU are a moron and so do Jews and Christians. And the ones who don’t, are morons themselves.

            “Please tell us some more Bible stories,”

            Nah, you prefer the 1001 Arabian night stories, Ali Baba.

            “then tell us some Qur’an stories, so we can all laugh at you.”

            Why would I tell you Quran stories, tell them yourself. You are the “MuslimJew” or are you even lying about that?

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    18. bor

      Amjad, why the silence? Isn’t the law written with precisely the opposite language that you’re claiming?

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    19. Average American

      May I ask, to preserve the Jewish nature of your country, do you involve Rabbis in the formation of your laws? Of this law?

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