Israel dismally fails the requirements of a tolerant pluralistic society, according to a new report from the U.S. State Department.
Despite boasting religious freedom and protection of all holy sites, Israel falls short in tolerance toward minorities, equal treatment of ethnic groups, openness toward various streams within society, and respect for holy and other sites.
The comprehensive report, written by the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, says Israel discriminates against groups including Muslims, Jehova’s Witnesses, Reform Jews, Christians, women and Bedouin.
The report says that the 1967 law on the protection of holy places refers to all religious groups in the country, including in Jerusalem, but «the government implements regulations only for Jewish sites. Non-Jewish holy sites do not enjoy legal protection under it because the government does not recognize them as official holy sites».
At the end of 2008, for example, all of the 137 officially recognized holy sites were Jewish. Moreover, Israel issued regulations for the identification, preservation and guarding of Jewish sites only. Many Christian and Muslim sites are said to be neglected, inaccessible or at risk of exploitation by real estate entrepreneurs and local authorities.
The report makes it clear that practices that have become routine in Israel are considered unacceptable in enlightened countries and should be corrected.
Among other examples, the report notes that more than 300,000 immigrants who are not considered Jewish under rabbinical law are not allowed to marry and divorce in Israel or be buried in Jewish cemeteries.
Source: Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
The Jewish state of Israel is not suppose to be like any other state. Its suppose to be Jewish.
God set his chosen people apart to be different.
«For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession».
The state of Israel can not and shall not be like any other nation, a A 4 size nation that fits the American value system. The state of Israel is the Jewish homeland, and the Jews have the privilege of forming their nations based on what God of the Bible have told them.
The Jewish people are surely also told by God of Israel to look well after the strangers and aliens who live inside their homeland.
«The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God».
The Jews treats the aliens in Israel well, but can always do better. The problems with aliens like radical Muslims, is that they want to murder Jews. That makes this job of treating them like brothers a very difficult task.
Also claimed to be Christians, who work together with Islam against the state of Israel, is also a challenge for the Jewish people. In particular the World Council of Churches (WCC), a notorious enemy of God of Israel. The Roman Catholic Church have been the enemy of the Jews for hundred of years, making a mockery out of the true Messianic faith in Jesus from Nazareth.
The true Messiah Jesus will never attack the Jewishness of the Jewish state. He was a Jew, and everything about Him is Jewish.