The Israeli cabinet (the rabidly right-wing, fringe-lunatic cabinet – which, for fringe, read vast majority of Israeli voters) has approved plans for a loyalty oath:
If passed by the Israeli Knesset, non-Jewish applicants for Israeli citizenship will have to swear allegiance to a “Jewish and democratic state.” Critics say the oath invites discrimination towards non-Jews.
The new ruling is expected to be passed into law in the next few months and will affect several thousand people a year,mainly Arabs who marry Israeli Arab citizens. Jewish people wishing to become new citizens of Israel will not have to take the oath.
To be honest, when I heard about it I thought it was so ludicrous I wasn’t even going to comment on it. Silly me. The Israeli government thrives of ludicrous, after all – not to mention insanely racist – and is now blithely headed further towards straight-on fascism.
The core tension at the heart of Israel is its existence as a “Jewish, democratic state” – an inherent paradox of intent that remains unresolved but creates a country that is neither democratic nor Jewish. How idiotic this is can be seen in the words of that grandest idiot of all, the great Binyamin Netanyahu himself:
“The state of Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people and is a democratic state in which all of its citizens, Jews and non-Jews, enjoy full equal rights. Whoever wants to join us has to recognize us,” he said.
Spot anything strange in that?
Anyhow, under the new law I won’t have to swear the oath, lucky me, since I wouldn’t be able to do it with a straight face anyway.
This is a racist law – but this is an inherently racist country, too. So before they pass another law to shut me up, let me just say: fuck you, Israeli cabinet. Fuck you very much.