Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The Example of Israel as Ethno-State

Stephen Green posted an excellent and in depth comment on the ''Nationalism for me but not for thee'' issue, here it is for opinions and responses:

Comment: There is an often commented upon contradiction, between the willingness of diaspora Jewish people to defend Israel's Jewish character, whilst often being at the forefront of movements, and/or supporting movements whose aims include the minoritisation of other native peoples.
Question: Will Netanyahu's proposed amendments to the 'Basic Law' of Israel, firming up the permanent Jewish nature of Israel, open a Pandora's Box by setting a clearer global precedent? Additionally, to confront progressives with the clear existential right of peoples (while they may demur on Israelis due to Palestinians, would they on Nepalese, Tibetans, Koreans, Vietnamese etc?) to their own historical territory? Try replacing the Israeli characteristics of the following 14 principles before the Knesset, with that of your own nation (in my case 'British/English/United Kingdom etc')
The Israeli prime minister’s 14 principles for the drafting of the government bill
Principle 1 — Purpose:
Defining the identity of the State of Israel (United Kingdom) as the nation state of the Jewish (British) people, and anchoring the values of the State of Israel (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) as a Jewish (British) and democratic state, in the spirit of the principles contained in the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (British constitution).
Principle 2 — Founding principles:
A. The land of Israel (Britain) is the historic homeland of the Jewish (British) people and the birthplace of the State of Israel (United Kingdom of GB & NI).
B. The State of Israel (United Kingdom)is the national home of the Jewish (British) people, in which it fulfills its right to self-determination according to its cultural and historic heritage.
C. The right to the fulfillment of national self-determination within the State of Israel (United Kingdom) is unique to the Jewish (British) people.
D. The State of Israel (United Kingdom) is a democratic state, established on the foundations of liberty, justice and peace in light of the vision of the prophets of Israel (Royalty/British ancestors), and realizes the individual rights of all its citizens under law. (Needs work).
Principle 3 — The symbols of the state:
A. The anthem of the State is “Hatikvah.” (God Save The Queen)
B. The flag of the State is white, with two light-blue stripes near its edges and a light-blue Star of David in its center (Union Flag/ Union Jack).
C. The symbol of the State is the seven-armed candelabra, with olive branches on both its sides and the word “Israel” beneath (Britannia and the individual national emblems)
Principle 4 — Return:
Every Jew (Briton) has the right to immigrate to the land [Israel] (UK) and to receive the citizenship of the State of Israel (United Kingdom) under law.
Principle 5 — Ingathering of the exiles and strengthening the ties to the Jewish (British) people in the Diaspora:
The State shall act to gather in the exiles of Israel (United Kingdom) and to strengthen the affinity between Israel (United Kingdom) and the Jewish (British)communities of the Diaspora.
Principle 6 — Aid to the Jewish (British) people in distress:
The State shall act to give aid to members of the Jewish (British) people who are in distress and captivity because of their Jewishness (Britishness).
Principle 7 — Heritage:
A. The State shall act to preserve the cultural and historic heritage and tradition of the Jewish (British) people, and to cultivate and foster them in Israel (Britain) and the Diaspora.
B. In all educational institutions serving the Jewish (British) public in Israel (United Kingdom) the annals of the Jewish (British) people, its heritage and tradition, shall be studied.
C. The State shall act to enable all residents of Israel, without regard to religion, race or nationality, to act to preserve their culture, heritage, language and identity. (this can be dropped later).
Principle 8 — Official calendar:
The Hebrew (Gregorian) calendar is the official calendar of the State.
Principle 9 — Independence Day and memorial days:
A. Independence Day is the national holiday of the State.
B. Memorial Day for the Fallen (Remembrance Day) in Israel’s (Britain's) Wars and Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day (Remembrance Sunday) are the official memorial days of the State.
Principle 10 — Days of rest:
The established days of rest in the State of Israel (Britain) are the Sabbath and the holidays of Israel (the United Kingdom), in which no employee shall be employed except under conditions set in law. Members of recognized [religious] groups shall be allowed to rest on their rest days and holidays.
Principle 11 — Hebrew law (Law of England and Wales, separately of Scotland):
A. Jewish (British) law shall serve as a source of inspiration for the Knesset.
B. If a court faces a legal question that must be decided, and cannot find an answer in legislation, precedent or clear deduction, it shall decide the matter in light of the principles of liberty, justice, integrity and peace in the heritage of Israel (Britain).
Principle 12 — Protection of holy places:
The holy places shall be secure from desecration, from any other harm, and from anything that may hinder free access of the religious to the places holy to them, or offend their sentiments toward those places.
Principle 13 — Denial of rights:
The rights in the Basic Law (British constitution) shall not be denied except in a law that accords with the values of the State of Israel (the United Kingdom Of GB & NI), that is intended for a fitting purpose and to an extent no greater than necessary, or according to such a law under the explicit authority contained within it.
Principle 14 — Rigidity
This Basic Law shall not be changed except by a Basic Law passed by a majority of members of Knesset (Houses of Parliament).

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