Jews carrying large Israeli flags and flanked by security forces marched on the outskirts of the town of Umm-el-Fahm which contains many Israeli Muslims who ostensibly are equal citizens in the state of Israel. Itamar Ben-Gvir, a leader of the group, announced to one and all, “We came to say that the state of Israel is a Jewish state. We came in a show of loyalty and to say whoever is loyal, welcome. but people who flout the law should get out of here.” In theory, and hopefully, practice, Israel is a democratic society in which mobs do not determine who is or is not “loyal.” We in America during the 1950s went through such a program of “loyalty” that Senator Joseph McCarthy endeavored to impose on others. Israel has to make a choice, if it wishes to continue being a democratic society, which was the dream of its founders, then imposing “loyalty” upon anyone– Muslim, Jew, atheist– violates the basic foundation of the nation.
Jews in the United States of America represent less than two percent of the population, not the twenty percent represented by Muslims in Israel. Although the vast majority of Americans are Christian they do not demand “loyalty” to their views from minorities. The world will know when Israel has become a democratic state when a Muslim is prime minister of that nation. The tragedy of Israel is that petty minded little thugs and bullies like Itamar Ben-Gvir have power.