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  •  Can I just say... (3+ / 0-)
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    corvo, WattleBreakfast, protectspice

    I don't show any sympathy for Hamas and I'm not going to blind myself to the ever-worsening ultra-religious, misogynistic, anti-democratic, violent, homophobic, pedophilia-condoning, warmongering and anti-basic human rights monstrosity Israel is becoming either. Secular Israel is dying, and ultra-orthodox Jews are robbing women from the right to be educated, to sit in the front on a public bus, to so much as look a man in the eye, to walk on the same roads men use or be mentioned as even existing in printed publications. They are not able to pursue anything that does not include raising at least 7 babies (that's not only the standard, it's the rule for women) while taking on all the jobs out of the home she can get her hands on because a "true" male Jew can only study his religion all day and work is beneath him/distracts from worship (yes, most Ultra-Orthodox Jews are dependent on funding from the government). That's the face of future Israel, especially since demographics are in the far-right's absolute favor, this ideology is permeating Israeli politics and the rest is too intimidated to act and the once hermetically sealed communities of ultra-Orthodox Jews with their perpetual hate that's being placed above the law of the whole country are expanding rapidly.

    I can condemn two opposing extremist sides without automatically appearing as showing more support to one than the other. Anyone with a functioning brain can. It's disgusting how regional politics and affiliation make people condone one country's hate but turn a blind eye to their so-called allies who are trampling on the most basic human rights. What occurs to me most is how much both sides and their extremism look absolutely alike.

    •  Correction (0+ / 0-)

      *condemn one country's hate

      Not "condone".

    •  Come on Flora, "homophobic" (0+ / 0-)

      They're having gay pride parades in Jerusalem.  Try that in Gaza City or Cairo.

      •  Yes, but (4+ / 0-)
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        corvo, sandbox, whizdom, WattleBreakfast

        I'm actually talking about the rising ultra-orthodox Jews, whom the secular and orthodox Jews are becoming more and more afraid of. Don't get me wrong, I'm not equating the level of both sides' violence and hate, because that's impossible if you know some basic facts. I'm merely opining that the extremists on either side use many of the same tactics and ideology. I've been fearing for a long while that Israel will become a nation oppressing its people as prolifically as Iran or Saudi Arabia are doing now, but in the name of Judaism instead of something else. The demographic trends of far-right extremism in what's supposed to be a secular nation are truly scary, and that's what I wanted to convey mostly.

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