Israeli Jews oppose banning minarets

We all know about that ridiculous minaret ban approved in Switzerland late last year. While I oppose Islamic law and Islamism being propagated in Europe, as I support freedom both from and of religion, I oppose government bans on building a religious structure.

But what about those imperialist racist colonial Muslim-oppressing Israelis, who like the imperialist capitalist West engage in the "War on Islam?"

Well turns out that not only Israelis on the whole, but Israel Jews (yes those settler apartheid supporters) strongly oppose banning minarets.

 

Jewish Israelis oppose a Swiss-style ban on mosque minarets in the country, with opposition to the restriction highest among right-wing and haredi Jews, according to a poll conducted in late December and early January.

A model of a minaret, burning candles and a banner that reads "This is not my Switzerland" are seen on the Bundesplatz square in front of the governments building in Bern, Switzerland, to protest the acceptance of a minaret ban initiative.

The respondents opposed such a measure by 43 percent to 28%, with 29% undecided.

 

And remember, of those who weren't undecided, that comes out to over 60%. And this in a country where its enemies and neighbors by and large oppose a Jewish state because it is seen by many as "against Islam." Ironically:

According to Mitchell Barak, director of KEEVOON, the new poll found that opposition to a minaret ban is strongest among religious and right-leaning Jews.

Similarly, voters for right-wing Israel Beiteinu opposed a ban by 64% to 36%, and those who voted for Habayit Hayehudi, the successor to the National Religious Party, opposed it by 54% to 20%.

Analysis of the results according to political affiliation showed a similar tendency among politically conservative Israeli Jews to support the Muslim position on the issue.

Thus, voters for the far-right National Union party opposed a Swiss-style measure by 92%, with 65% "strongly opposed" and just 8% expressing support.

And it was the voters of the 3 main parties, Kadima, Likud, and Labour where opposition was lowest to such an idea. And I strongly oppose the politics of the religious right in Israel, as I do in other countries. So much for Israel being this hateful racist imperial country. They're more tolerant of Islam than the same Europeans the left loves to laud.

I think this also shows how extreme politics are in Europe. The far right bans minarets, yet the far left welcomes radical Islam with open arms. And this shows how tolerant Israel, the only country labeled a free democracy by Freedom House's Freedom in the World index is.

Question to those who take the anti-Israel and Arab sides to this: why do they oppose Israel's existence by far more than Israel opposes their religion's simple physical structures?

 

Tags: Israel, Palestine, islam (all tags)

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17 Comments

As with everything Israeli today, with the good comes the bad.
‘Take me back to my homeland, even as a rose’

by Alice Rothchild on January 9, 2010

Today in Israel, a center for culture and science, medicine and high tech, religious revival and literature, famous nature reserves and gorgeous beaches, I learned how to step across coils of barbed wire. It is critical to walk cautiously, to place your foot firmly at the intersection of several coils simultaneously to avoid the spring-like action in the wire, or the grip of the rows of sharp knife points, waiting like shark’s teeth for a hapless victim. As you move forward, you must lift your foot slowly to avoid catching the back of your leg or ensnaring the person behind you when the coils spring into place. This is not the kind of skill that makes me particularly proud to be a Jew, but I am getting ahead of myself because I neglected to explain that the large curls of wire were placed around a mosque in El Ghabsiya, just south of the Lebanese border in northern Israel.

But why, you ask, does a mosque need to be wrapped in barbed wire?

http://mondoweiss.net/2010/01/take-me-back-to-my-homeland-even-as-a-rose.html

As it applies to Switzerland, religious intolerance is not to be tolerated.

by MainStreet 2010-01-11 10:28AM | 0 recs
As with everything Israeli today, with the good comes the bad.
‘Take me back to my homeland, even as a rose’

by Alice Rothchild on January 9, 2010

Today in Israel, a center for culture and science, medicine and high tech, religious revival and literature, famous nature reserves and gorgeous beaches, I learned how to step across coils of barbed wire. It is critical to walk cautiously, to place your foot firmly at the intersection of several coils simultaneously to avoid the spring-like action in the wire, or the grip of the rows of sharp knife points, waiting like shark’s teeth for a hapless victim. As you move forward, you must lift your foot slowly to avoid catching the back of your leg or ensnaring the person behind you when the coils spring into place. This is not the kind of skill that makes me particularly proud to be a Jew, but I am getting ahead of myself because I neglected to explain that the large curls of wire were placed around a mosque in El Ghabsiya, just south of the Lebanese border in northern Israel.

But why, you ask, does a mosque need to be wrapped in barbed wire?

http://mondoweiss.net/2010/01/take-me-back-to-my-homeland-even-as-a-rose.html

As it applies to Switzerland, religious intolerance is not to be tolerated.

by MainStreet 2010-01-11 10:28AM | 0 recs
RE: As with everything Israeli today, with the good comes the bad.

Why do you post everything twice?

by NJ Liberal 2010-01-11 11:28AM | 1 recs
Uh, 43% isn't a majority

Math is hard.

by JJE 2010-01-11 10:58AM | 0 recs
RE: Uh, 43% isn't a majority

43% to 28% among thise with an opinion. Apparently, reading is harder than math.

by NJ Liberal 2010-01-11 11:30AM | 1 recs
Apparently reading

for comprehension is indeed difficult for you.  You can't say "Israelis oppose minaret ban" when fewer than half of them in fact oppose the ban.

by JJE 2010-01-11 11:40AM | 0 recs
RE: Apparently reading
I agree the mere 43% disapproval is bad, given the Jews own history of religious discrimination in Europe. And ofcourse if the same dynamics as the swiss are at work here, we'll have to add another 20-30 pts to the approve ban column. Afterall the last poll before the vote in Switzerland showed 53% opposed the ban, but we know how that turned out.
by vecky 2010-01-11 01:59PM | 0 recs
actually you can

because of the undecideds, it would take nearly all of them to make an absolute majority in the polls, which does not happen in elections.

by Lakrosse 2010-01-11 05:58PM | 0 recs
No, you can't

because if you could reliably extrapolate a poll to an election, John Kerry would be President and, as Vecky points out, the Swiss ban wouldn't have passed.

by JJE 2010-01-11 09:09PM | 0 recs
in a vote, a strong poll plurality

nearly always turns out to be a majority at the polls, especially when there are only two options: "yes" and "no."

by Lakrosse 2010-01-11 05:58PM | 0 recs
RE: in a vote, a strong poll plurality

"nearly always" but not always. The Swiss vote versus their polls should give one enough of a reason to be skeptical of those who say they will vote "no" while actually voting "yes".

by vecky 2010-01-11 06:57PM | 0 recs
"those settler apartheid supporters"

I'm glad we are now speaking the same language. But where else can this continuing settlement construction lead, except to Apartheid.

by MainStreet 2010-01-11 12:25PM | 0 recs
wow, you ARE stupid

its called "sarcasm." Learn to get it.

by Lakrosse 2010-01-11 05:59PM | 0 recs
RE: wow, you ARE stupid

Don't you get it. It's the reality and not long from now, the headlines will learn to use the term, Apartheid.

by MainStreet 2010-01-11 06:54PM | 0 recs
Straw man

Straw man take a look at my life

I'm a lot like you

by Strummerson 2010-01-12 01:09AM | 1 recs
Oh, by the way. So Israeli Arabs (Palestinians) support banning minarets?

Just thought I'd ask.

 

by MainStreet 2010-01-12 10:47AM | 0 recs
no, but I thought it would be assumed

that they oppose banning the minarets, given that most Israeli Arabs are Muslims and Arab Christians sympathize with Islam for some reason. Therefore, its not story worthy.

by Lakrosse 2010-01-12 03:32PM | 0 recs

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