January 12, 2007

Israel to refine or redefine its racism?

According to Ha'aretz, there's been a proposal by an Israeli Supreme Court candidate for Israel to refine its racist law of "return" to exclude mostly Ethiopians.
The proposal is apparently intended to revoke the right to immigrate from the Falashmura, who are the descendants of Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity, as well as some of the children and grandchildren of Jews from former Soviet states.

According to Gabison, limits on the immigration of Jews from "a different culture" must be considered. "Serious thought must be given to the immigration of large groups of people from a different culture," she wrote. "This is seen in a dramatic manner in the difficult absorption of Ethiopian immigrants in Israel."
I can't find a quote from this Gabison character about people from former Soviet states.

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