Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2002 12:55 PM
Subject: Israel, a theocratic
12 Dec. 2002
The Globe & Mail.
David Lee [Letter, Dec. 12] asks those who question whether Israel is
a democracy or a theocracy to answer. Israel's Basic Laws
indicate that it is a theocracy. Israel is a Jewish state, for all the Jewish
people throughout the world, be they from Russia, Africa, China or India, rather
than a state for all its citizens, regardless of their religious faith or
ethnicity. Furthermore, Israel's Law of Return, a Basic
Law, stpulates that any person of the Jewish faith, regardless of his/her
origin, can be granted Israeli citizenship on arrival in Israel. This
privilege is not available to anyone of a different religious faith. Moreover,
92% of the land in Israel, largely confiscated Arab land, cannot be sold, leased
or tilled by anyone who is not of the Jewish faith. That exclusion applies even
against the Muslim and Christian citizens of the State of Idrael.
Is there any democracy in the world that would practice such
Ismail Zayid, MD.