Sunday, July 11, 2010

Israel grants citizenship to Indian woman

'Haaretz' reports that Israel is to grant citizenship to an Indian woman who saved the life of a two-year- old boy whose father, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and mother, Rivka, were killed in the terrorist attack in Mumbai in November 2008. The paper goes on to say: "Interior Minister Eli Yishai called the decision to grant Samuel (the woman's name) citizenship a humanitarian step that must be taken for somebody who saves a Jewish life."

Now, don't get me wrong, I certainly don't have an issue with this woman being granted an Israeli passport, if that is what she wants. However, we are talking about citizenship here and we know how much that can count for in a state that discriminates against its Palestinian citizens. Moreover, one wonders if this woman would have been given Israeli citizenship had she saved an Palestinian citizen of Israel and not the child of parents who both held American citizenship. What we have in fact is just another example of sanctimony by an apartheid state that is really not too different from the disgusting caste system which exists in the country where the woman has come from.

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