What's With This Jewish Nation Law Thing?

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

I find the lack of detailed knowledge about the new Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish Nation amazing as well as the Government's failure even to published a short FAQ on it.

All the law does is clarify and fortify the Jewish character of the state.

"Jewish", you ask?

Yes. Jewish.

In 1896, Herzl published The Jewish State.

In 1917, the British Government declared for a Jewish National Home.

In 1920 and 1922, the liberators of the Ottoman Empire and the League of Nations confirmed that goal and granted a Mandate for the purpose of reconstituting the Jewish people's national home.

in 1947, the UN moved for the establishment of a Jewish State.

In 2018, some Jews are disturbed by that characterization of the state of Israel.

I am disturbed, concerned and perturbed by their vacillating position.

Following years of intermarriage, conversion rules being loosened, adoption of liberalism as a Jewish benchmarker, crumbling effect result to the attacks of Arab propaganda and more, Diaspora Jewry now turns on Israel as if we are "guilty" for their problems.

Insidiously, this can be a form of blaming Israel for the growth of anti-Semitism.

IfNotNowers recite Kaddish for Hamas terrorists.

They and other attempt to subvert Birthright.

An OpenHillel on US campuses as well as Yachad and Naamod in the UK are trying to empty the minds of Jewish students. Spurred on by Peter Beinart and others, and manipulating well social media platforms and a sympathetic media, they are not unsuccessful.

There are solutions and counter-measures.

Immersion extension sessions for Birthright participants including Judea and Samaria visits and engagement, not allowing these groups, and that includes J Street, JVP, etc., to get away undebated, better information defusal, and more.

After all, we are Jewish.