Israeli Identity In The Diaspora

Much has been written in the United States in recent years about the concept of Jewish identity. The less cohesive the Jewish community, the more Jewishness becomes a matter of individual choice. Instead of simply being born Jewish as was formerly the case, it now becomes possible to identify as Jewish. This means that someone who is basically an American may nonetheless choose to regard themselves as Jewish, to study a Jewish language, attend Jewish events, buy Jewish books and generally surround themselves with things Jewish. Such a person may have been born into a Jewish family, but that is not an essential prerequisite for identifying as Jewish. What is essential is the desire to be perceived as Jewish by others.
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A Modest Proposal

The time has come for the formation of a new international organization, a Coalition of Democratic States. It should include all of the democratic states in the world, and exclude all of the undemocratic states.
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