Israeli Jews oppose banning minarets
by Lakrosse, Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 06:32:44 AM EST
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?