And it’s in danger of closing because Jewish parents are demanding that more Jewish students be enrolled. In fairness to the parents they are saying that it is the only way to ensure the school stays open.
The racism in Israel is getting worse and it’s becoming more evident every day that an Apartheid system is already in place. Jewish-only roads, Jewish-only schools, Jewish-only businesses, Jewish-only housing, constant incitement against Israeli Arabs and laws requiring “loyalty oaths” for non-Jews. How on earth is this justified? And, no, “self defense” is not an adequate answer. How can members of the Jewish community in the U.S. unquestioningly support this? How can the U.S. government denounce other nations for their racism and religious intolerance while tacitly encouraging and even funding an apartheid system in Israel? What will be the cost to our own credibility, our principles? The same should be asked of the Jewish diaspora, many of whom have long stood up unequivocally for liberal principles of human rights and equality. In fact, it’s hard to think of a single civil rights movement in the U.S. that didn’t benefit from the generosity and unflinching support of the Jewish community.
Also, the claim that Israel is a truly secular state is debatable given religious/Jewish law is the basis for many of the government’s actions/policies and well, laws. Political parties have chief Rabbis and they are on the public payroll and are an integral part of Israel’s public education system. There is also legal, state-sponsored segregation of men and women in certain religious communities (for example, among the Haredim).
The sad reality is that a failure to maintain a clear separation between Church/Synogogue/Mosque and State is a tell-tale sign of a repressive state. We are more likely to accept racism, sexism, homophobia etc. when it is rationalized under the guise of religious preference/observance.