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  •  Jewish identity is ethnoreligious (2+ / 0-)
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    sfbob, mahakali overdrive

    in nature, meaning that there are both ethnic and religious aspects. Zionism was originally a form of ethnic nationalism, like many 19th century nationalist movements. Religious Zionism is more recent, and was not the main force behind the establishment of the State of Israel. The symbol is a Jewish symbol, but it is not explicitly religious, but tied to both a national myth and a religious myth. Nearly 25% of the population is non-Jewish, and a large percentage of those who identify as Jewish are non-religious. The Law of Return is not the only way to establish citizenship, AFAIK, and while the rules defining who is a Jew are religiously based (matrilineal decent, Orthodox conversion, etc.), a person doesn't have to personally subscribe to Judaism in order to qualify.

    Regarding the Palestinians, I think you have a similarly overly simplistic view.

    My point isn't to defend or condemn these things, but I felt that your comment was inaccurate.

    "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 11:07:41 AM PST

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