Weekly Commentary: The Real Equal Rights Issue Is Jewish Right To
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 13 March 2019
Does a Jew from Boston, Buenos Aires or Bombay have the right to step off
the plane at Ben Gurion Airport and become an Israeli citizen simply because
he is a Jew?
He does today, under the Law of Return.
When an Israeli Arab says Israel should be a "state of all its citizens"
rather than a "Jewish state", what he is really saying is that he wants the
Law of Return to be repealed.
Sure, some Jews might be allowed in on humanitarian grounds, but unless the
situation deteriorated dramatically, aliyah from North America would be a
thing of the past under the "state of all its citizens" scheme.
The Israeli Arab leadership doesn't conceal this. It has been written up in
working papers prepared by various Israeli Arab bodies. Many of which,
curiously, receive funding from the very same American Jews whose option to
become an Israeli citizen they wish to deny.
Again. The dispute over "Jewish state" versus "state of all its citizens"
isn't over state symbols, holidays, or even funding for religious
It's over the Law of Return.
A law that does indeed express the very essence of the Jewish state reborn
after generations of exile.
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