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Israel, A Liberal’s Paradise

On pot and gays, the left rules

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Gili Shem Tov (R) and her dancing partner rehearse.(Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Are you a liberal upset over Tuesday’s results? Then have we got a country for you!

Starting next week, non-Jewish or -affiliated same-sex couples will be able to enter into civil unions. The bill’s sponsor wants to extend the law to all Israelis, including Jews; incredibly, the sponsor is none other than Yisrael Beiteinu MK David Rotem, notorious for sponsoring the heinous conversion bill. Even a blind squirrel catches an occasional nut, eh?

On top of that, an Israeli Health Ministry committee has made a new recommendation concerning medicinal marijuana. Not that it should be legalized—it already is legalized, natch—but that the country’s universal health care should pay for it.

And on the social front, two Israeli women became the first same-sex duo to compete together in a version of Dancing With The Stars. The “star” in this case was sportscaster Gili Shem Tov, a sportscaster who did the cha-cha. Shem Tov, a lesbian, said “it felt natural.” (Oh, and to answer your next question: They take turns leading.)

Knesset Committee Paves Way for Civil Unions [JTA]
Government May Cover Cost of Medicinal Marijuana [Haaretz]
Israel: New Step for Dance Contest [NYT]

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Rachel says:

This was the most uplifting things I’ve read in a while, thanks!

jacobo says:

Israel liberal? Nonsense, because based as it is on the theft of someone else’s land (remember the one about a land without a people for a people without a land), no colonial state can be either liberal nor democratic. Has to do with apartheid, as in the formerly apartheid South Africa. And no this is not antisemitism because Zionism is not Judaism.

Benzion01 says:

Would this also apply to America? What about all the land America has from Mexico, Spain, France, as well as everything stolen from Native Americans. I guess America by your definition would be the biggest colonial state. So Israel should wait for America to lead the way in giving back land that is not there’s.

HollyMartins says:

Well I guess Israel will go down the tubes along with my beloved country (America.)

Well it was good while it lasted!!!

@Jacobo, I forgot, the Jewish people is originally from Germany and Poland and Spain. How dumb of me! We must have just landed from outer space or something.

tillkan says:

Note how creeps justify stealing Palestinian land by talking about how the US did it once upon a time. So I guess that means Israel is allowed to institute slavery and keep women from voting too.

As the Coordinator of the Half-Jewish Network, I must point out that Israel is not a liberal’s paradise. The “civil marriage” law referred to in the article is a cruel deception.

It was originally promoted by Member of the Knesset Rotem as a way of helping half-Jewish people get married, but he is Orthodox and belongs to right-wing Yisrael Beteinu, so his motives are not what they seem.

The law is not really intended to help half-Jewish people. It is intended to give the appearance of helping us, so as to quiet the public outrage and reduce calls for true civil marriage in Israel that would be available to all citizens.

It is written so that half-Jewish people with a Jewish father can finally marry other half-Jewish people with a Jewish father in a civil marriage in Israel.

But if a half-Jewish person with a Jewish father wants to marry a half-Jewish person with a Jewish mother or a person with two Jewish parents, they will not be able to do so without going to Cyprus. Because people with a Jewish mother or two Jewish parents are considered to be “Jews” and not people “with no denomination.”

Since most Israelis with a Jewish father and a Christian mother end up dating Israelis with two Jewish parents and want to marry them in Israel, the law will be useless.

The person proposing the law, MK Rotem is an Orthodox Jew from a right-wing party, Yisrael Beteinu.

He had a meeting recently with American Jewish leaders, who object to a different bill he wants passed that would put complete control of conversions in Israel into the hands of the Orthodox.

He told the American Jewish leaders that he despises Reform and Conservative Jews. When one of them said to him, “If this conversion bill passes, we may not support Israel anymore.”

Rotem replied, “I don’t care.”

I am quoting this from memory, but if you Google “Rotem” you will see several press accounts of this meeting.

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