(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)
Our regular commentator Uri Avnery died last month, close to 95 years old, and we bring here his latest article. (We also recommend Robert Fisk's article "A Middle Eastern Hero" in the Class Fight on 22.8.)
In a friendly discussion I had with Ariel Sharon many years ago, I told him, "First and foremost, I am an Israeli. Second, I am a Jew. "Sharon answered enthusiastically:" First of all, I am a Jew, and only after that, Israelis! "
This may seem like an abstract discussion – but in reality, this is the question that underlies all of our basic problems; the very essence of the crisis that is now causing Israel to break down.
The new law of the nation has clear semi-fascist features.
The immediate cause of the crisis is the law, which was passed in a hurry a few weeks ago, by the right-wing majority in the Knesset: It has been named "Basic Law: Israel, the Jewish State of the Jewish People."
This is a constitutional law. When Israel was founded during the 1948 war, the country got no constitution; problems with the Orthodox religious made a unified formulation impossible. Instead, David Ben-Gurion read an "Declaration of Independence" announcing that "we are establishing the Jewish state, that is, the State of Israel."
The declaration was not allowed. The Supreme Court approved. . .
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