Chutzpah is a Jewish word, and was rather neatly explained by Malcolm Turnbull a while ago as equivalent to murdering your parents, and then claiming sympathy because you are an orphan. So it is not entirely a surprise that the Jews are rather good at it, and appear to have entirely outmanoeuvred Jeremy Corbyn.
This is what has happened. A couple of months ago, Israel passed its nationality law, which is widely been condemned as racist. Translated into English, it includes the following:
1a. The Land of Israel is the historical birthplace of the Jewish nation, and in it the State of Israel was founded.
1b. The State of Israel is the nation state of the Jewish nation, in which it realizes its natural, cultural, religious, and historical right to self-determination.
1c. The realization of the right to national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish nation.
6a. The State will invest in ensuring the well-being of members of the Jewish nation, and its citizens who are undergoing difficulties or imprisonment due to their Jewishness or their citizenship.
6b. The State will work in the Diaspora to ensure the continued connection between the State and the Jewish nation.
7a. The State sees Jewish settlement as a national value and will work to ensure and advance its creation and establishment.
It is worth unpacking this a little. It is apparent from section 1(a) that the expression “Jewish nation” does not mean the State of Israel, but Jews collectively. By paragraph 1(c) the word “unique” makes clear that it is Jews, and only Jews, who are entitled to self-determination in Israel. Not the Arabs. Oh no. Just the Jews. Uniquely. By section 6 (a) the State of Israel invests in the well-being of Jews; there is no equality here for citizens of Israel who are not Jewish. The endorsement of the settlements at section 7 (a) not only discriminates in favour of Jews, it is plainly contrary to international law.
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