August 31, 2018 by Alfred
This is an Argentum Post News Flash Digest (APNFD Nr. 81)
The myth of a nation-state for ALL Jews is pure and simply a myth exploited by politicians in the U.S. and Israel.
The Illustrious and distinguished author and editor, Allan C. Brownfeld, who also writes the publication ” Issues of The American Council for Judaism” , commendably wrote the infra reproduced article titled “The American Jews’ Nation is the United States“.
This article was published by The Washington Jewish Week of August 23, 2018.
It is an excellently and succinctly educational article which should be read by every public high school in the nation so that the future generation will not suffer from the intoxication of the obstruction of the honest historical reality.
Furthermore it should be read by our Congressmen and Congresswomen of both parties to educate them about fundamental realities which debunks some of the myths of the Israel disinformation lobby about the contentious, so-called “Nation-State” law.
AMERICAN JEWS’ NATION IS THE UNITED STATES
In the discussion of Israel’s new “nation-state” law, an important point to be made is that, despite its claim to be the nation-state of the Jewish people, Israel is not, in fact, the nation-state of American Jews.
Claiming Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people rather than a state of all its citizens can–more than 20 per cent of whom are not Jewish–have a number of problems. And the Israeli government repeatedly calls itself the “homeland” of all Jews, the majority of whom are citizens of other countries.
The homeland of American Jews is the United States, and whatever the Knesset passes into law is completely irrelevant to Jews in other countries .
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government may believe that Jews are a “nation” and that those Jews living outside of Israel are “in exile” this view is NOT shared by the overwhelming majority of American Jews.
The reality is that the Eastern Europeans who founded and settled Israel had no understanding of the American experience, where religious freedom for all is written into law in the First Amendment.
Israel, for its part, has no such idea of religious freedom or separation of religion and state. Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist rabbis are forbidden by Israeli law to perform weddings, preside over funerals and conduct conversions.
A Jew and non-Jew who wish to marry must leave the country to do so. Indeed, this leads to the question of whether Jews support religious freedom only when they are in a minority and it serves their interests to do so.
American Jews are American by nationality and Jews by religion, just as other Americans are Protestant, Catholic or Muslim.
Israel would do well to confine itself to speaking in the name of its own citizens, as other countries manage to do. Its dream may be to be the nation-state of all Jews, but this has no relationship to reality.
Allan C. Brownfeld,
American Council for Judaism