Would you swear allegiance to a fascist state? Or a Christian nation?
On September 24, 2010 At 6:10 am
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Would you swear allegiance to a fascist state, or take an oath to defend 'the Christian nation?'
In Israel, lawmakers are pushing an anti-democratic loyalty oath bill, which requires that all Israeli citizens swear loyalty to Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state." Journalists Max Blumenthal and Joseph Dana report that the law is "aimed at the 20 percent of Israelis who are Palestinian citizens, while forcing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish minority who reject the legitimacy of any state not based on Jewish biblical law to accept Zionism. If passed in its proposed form, citizens unwilling to take the loyalty oath would be at risk of losing citizenship."
In their report published at Alternet, Blumenthal and Dana say that one version of the bill requiring the loyalty oath failed, but that in July, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet has approved a similar bill requiring all new citizens to take an oath of loyalty to the Jewish state. The measure would make attaining citizenship nearly impossible for Palestinians residing inside Israel. Numerous other bills have been introduced which would criminalize citizens who reject Israel as a "Jewish state."
They took to the streets to see public reaction and many young people were willing to take the following loyalty oath:
I swear by Hashem [the Jewish God] that I want to offer unconditional loyalty to the Jewish state of Israel, to its leaders and the commanders of its Jewish army. I am prepared as a loyal supporter of the Jewish state to risk my life for this oath at any time.
The reporters asked some American tourists if they would make such a pledge for a Christian nation, and they would not. But those same interviewees did not see the similarity in demanding that Americans take a "Christian oath" with demanding that Palestinians take a "Jewish oath."