Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and by Jonathan Cook

By Jonathan Cook

What does Israel desire to accomplish with its contemporary withdrawal from Gaza and the development of a 700km wall round the West financial institution? Jonathan cook dinner, who has stated at the Israeli-Palestinian clash through the moment Intifada, provides a lucid account of the Jewish state's causes. the guts of the difficulty, he argues, is demography. Israel fears the instant whilst the region’s Palestinians – Israel's personal Palestinian electorate and people within the Occupied Territories – develop into a majority. Inevitable comparisons with apartheid in South Africa might be drawn. The publication charts Israel’s more and more determined responses to its problem: -- army repression of Palestinian dissent on either side of the fairway Line -- accusations that Israel's Palestinian electorate and the Palestinian Authority are secretly conspiring to subvert the Jewish country from inside of -- a ban on marriages among Israel’s Palestinian inhabitants and Palestinians residing less than profession to avoid a correct of go back ‘through the again door’ -- the redrawing of the fairway Line to create an extended, fort nation the place purely Jewish blood and Jewish faith count number eventually, concludes the writer, those abuses will result in a 3rd, some distance deadlier intifada.

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According to Barak’s main adviser on Jerusalem, Dr Moshe Amirav, the Israeli prime minister insisted on describing the whole plaza of the Noble Sanctuary, including the mosque areas, as the “Holy of Holies”, a title traditionally reserved by Jews for the small inner sanctum of the temple, whose location is unknown and where only the High Priest was allowed to enter. Barak was the first Israeli leader to use the term in this way. 8 Sharon’s brief and high-profile occupation of the plaza in the wake of the failed Camp David talks was designed to send a message to the Palestinians and the world about who ultimately was master of the sacred site.

Second, it challenged Israel’s ideological foundations: Zionism’s presumption that the Jewish state was an exclusive haven for a persecuted people. In a state of all its citizens, Arab citizens would be as entitled as Jews to demand that family members living in exile – in their case in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan – be given the right to “return” to Israel. Third, and most dangerously of all, the state of all its citizens roused from its lair a demographic monster that could devour the Jewish state almost overnight.

There is no room to adopt a more critical civil discourse, one that questions the huge budgetary requirements of Israel’s military or the economic policies that have opened up huge disparities in wealth and employment. The authority wielded by the various religious leaderships, rather than equalising the status of the different religions before the law, has served to entrench an especially privileged place for Judaism in Israel, as the religion of the majority. 52 Conversion, which would at least offer a route, if a problematic one, to inter-confessional marriage inside Israel and lower the barriers between religious communities, has been made all but impossible in the case of Judaism.

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