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A Democratic society or Jewish state?

I have lived in Israel for almost 48 years, raised 7 children and have 20 grandchildren. I have been weighing since the recent birth of my latest granddaughter going to court here in Israel to challenge the fact that 13 of my grandchildren are stateless; their parents have never lived in America, therefore these grandchildren can only receive American citizenship through their grandparents, which entails traveling to America and being there for at least a year. Israel has denied the parents citizenship unless they renounce their American citizenship first, despite the fact that over 10% of Israelis have dual-citizenship, including myself! That’s another story, what concerns me today is whether it is worthwhile to go through the Israeli legal system.

Judge - an official with the authority and responsibility to preside in a court, try lawsuits and make legal rulings.

Legal - of or relating to law; conforming to or permitted by law or established rules.

Law - Law is a set of rules that are created and are enforceable by social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior

Societies establish laws to regulate the behavior of its members and those from outside who interact with said society. Each society has its own laws; sometimes these laws overlap and sometimes they don’t. Judges make rulings based on the laws of the society they represent or serve within; they don’t make the laws, they interpret legality, that is, who is right or wrong according to the laws of the society. Their job is to uphold the laws of that society.

Justice is the result of the fair and proper administration of law.

This implies that justice can vary from society to society based on the differences in their laws. Therefore, it is important to know the laws of each society with regard to legal concerns. It is possible that discrimination is a legal part of the society, even though the society may profess to be non-discriminatory.

Can a Jewish State truly be non-discriminatory, when by law, Jews coming to Israel are given rights and privileges denied others? The Law of Return only applies to a narrow spectrum of people, even some Jews don’t meet its requirements, so is it a just law?

Just - based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair.

Democratic society- A democratic society is one that works towards the ideals of democracy: Respect for individuals, and their right to make their own choices. Tolerance of differences and opposing ideas. Equity—valuing all people and supporting them to reach their full potential.

Within a Democratic society, the laws apply equally to all its citizens; there is not one law for the native born and another for the naturalized citizen. There is no special law for Christians and another for Muslims. The terms, democratic society, and Jewish state are for this reason seem diametrically opposed; in a Jewish state, Jews enjoy rights and privileges that are denied other citizens, which is discriminatory and very much undemocratic.

The Torah says to have one law for the stranger and the home-born:

48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the Passover to YHWH, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land; but no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

49 One law shall be to him that is home-born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.'”

Exodus 12

34 The stranger that sojourneth with you shall be unto you as the home-born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am YHWH your God.

Leviticus 19

The word home-born, in Hebrew is אזרח, the word for citizen today, and the Hebrew word גר is not a stranger in the sense of one of whom you have no knowledge, or foreigner; this is someone who has lived in your midst and who is striving to be like you, a proselyte. If there is to be one law for the home-born/citizen and the stranger, surely there should be one law for all Citizens! But there isn’t…

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