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"I no longer want to look at myself as a Jew"

Historian Shlomo Sand explains why he doesn't want to be a Jew anymore. His background is Jewish, and he views Israel as one of the most racist societies in the Western world.

The country of which I am a national defines my nationality as "Jewish" under census. It also refers to itself as the state of the "Jewish people". This means that the country's founders and lawmakers view this state as the collective property of "the Jews of the world" – whether believers or not – rather than look at it as a democratic, independent state for its citizens.
The State of Israel defines me as a Jew. Not because I express myself in a Jewish language, sing Jewish songs, eat Jewish food, read Jewish books or do other Jewish activities. I am classified as a Jew because the state, through a background check of my family roots, has determined that I was born of a Jewish mother – who in turn is Jewish because my grandmother was there, again thanks to my grandmother. This is how it continues through an endless number of generations.
If only my father was considered a Jew, I would be registered. . .

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