Israel Shahak quotes
We assumed that they would not allow the new state to become a theocracy, and that the native Palestinians could live with them as equals. This was not meant to be..... the hasty invention of Israel has poisoned the political and intellectual life of the USA, Israel's unlikely patron.....no other minority in American history has ever hijacked so much money from the American taxpayers in order to invest in a 'homeland'. It is as if the American taxpayer had been obliged to support the Pope in his reconquest of the Papal States simply because one third of our people are Roman Catholic. Had this been attempted, there would have been a great uproar and Congress would have said no. But a religious minority of less than two per cent has bought or intimidated seventy senators (the necessary two thirds to overcome an unlikely presidential veto) while enjoying support of the media. ---Gore Vidal  Jewish History, Jewish Religion, the Weight of 3000 Years By Israel Shahak
My political activities as an Israeli Jew......began in 1965-6 with a protest which caused a considerable scandal at the time: I had personally witnessed an ultra-religious Jew refuse to allow his phone to be used on the Sabbath in order to call an ambulance for a non-Jew who happened to have collapsed in his Jerusalem neighbourhood. Instead of simply publishing the incident in the press, I asked for a meeting which is composed of rabbis nominated by the State of Israel. I asked them whether such behavior was consistent with their interpretation of the Jewish religion. They answered that the Jew in question had behaved correctly, indeed piously, and backed their statement by referring me to a passage in an authoritative compendium of Talmudic laws, written in this century. I reported the incident to the main Hebrew daily, Ha'aretz, whose publication of the story caused a media scandal....The results of the scandal were, for me, rather negative. Neither the Israeli, nor the diaspora, rabbinical authorities ever reversed their ruling that a Jew should not violate the Sabbath in order to save the life of a Gentile.  Jewish History, Jewish Religion, the Weight of 3000 Years By Israel Shahak
When racism, discrimination and xenophobia is prevalent among Jews, and directed against non-Jews, being fuelled by religious motivations, it is like its opposite case, that of anti-Semitism and its religious motivations. Today, however, while the second is being discussed, the very existence of the first is generally ignored, more outside Israel than within it.  Jewish History, Jewish Religion, the Weight of 3000 Years By Israel Shahak
No party whose programme openly opposes the principle of 'a Jewish state' or proposes to change it by democratic means, is allowed to participate in the elections to the Knesset. I myself strongly oppose this constitutional principle. The legal consequence for me is that I cannot belong, in the state of which I am a citizen, to a party having principles with which I would agree and which is allowed to participate in Knesset elections. Even this example shows that the State of Israel is not a democracy due to the application of a Jewish ideology directed against all non-Jews and those Jews who oppose this ideology.  Jewish History, Jewish Religion, the Weight of 3000 Years By Israel Shahak
I suspect that the Jews of the USA or of Britain would regard it as
anti-Semitic if Christians would propose that the USA or the United Kingdom
should become a 'Christian state', belonging only to citizens officially defined
as 'Christians'. The consequence of such doctrine is that Jews converting to
Christianity would become full citizens because of their conversion. It should
be recalled that the benefits of conversions are well known to Jews from their
own history. When the Christian and the Islamic states used to discriminate
against all persons not belonging to the religion of the state, including the
Jews, the discrimination against Jews was at once removed by their conversion.
But a non-Jew discriminated against by the State of Israel will cease to be so
treated the moment he or she converts to Judaism.
This simply shows that the same
kind of exclusivity that is regarded by a majority of the diaspora Jews as
antisemitic is regarded by the majority of all Jews as Jewish. To oppose both
antisemitism and Jewish chauvinism is widely regarded among Jews as a
'self-hatred', a concept which I regard as nonsensical.
According to Israeli law a person is
considered 'Jewish' if either their mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and
great-great-grandmother were Jewesses by religion; or if the person was
converted to Judaism in a way satisfactory to the Israeli authorities, and on
condition that the person has not converted from Judaism to another religion, in
which case Israel ceases to regard them as 'Jewish'. Of the three conditions,
the first represents the Talmudic definition of 'who is a Jew', a definition followed by Jewish Orthodoxy. The Talmud and
post-Talmudic rabbinic law also recognise the conversion of a non-Jew to Judaism
(as well as the purchase of a non-Jewish slave by a Jew followed by a different
kind of conversion) as a method of becoming Jewish, provided that the conversion
is performed by authorised rabbis in a proper manner. This 'proper manner'
entails for females, their inspection by three rabbis while naked in a 'bath of
purification', a ritual which, although notorious to all readers of the Hebrew
press, is not often mentioned by the English media in spite of its undoubted
interest for certain readers. I hope that this book will be the beginning of a
process which will rectify this discrepancy.
But there is another urgent necessity for an official definition of who is, and who is not 'Jewish'. The State of Israel officially discriminates in favour of Jews and against non-Jews in many domains of life, of which I regard three as being most important: residency rights, the right to work and the right to equality before the law. Discrimination in residency is based on the fact that about 92 per cent of Israel's land is the property of the state and is administered by the Israel Land Authority according to regulations issued by the Jewish National Fund (JNF), and affiliate of the World Zionist Organization. In its regulations the JNF denies the right to reside, to open a business, and often to work, to anyone who is not Jewish, only because he is not Jewish. At the same time, Jews are not prohibited from taking residence or opening businesses anywhere in Israel. If applied in another state against the Jews, such discriminatory practice would instantly and justifiably be labelled anti-Semitism and would no doubt spark massive public protests. When applied by Israel as a part of its 'Jewish ideology', they are usually studiously ignored or excused when rarely mentioned.  Jewish History, Jewish Religion, the Weight of 3000 Years By Israel Shahak
Israel also strictly prohibits Jews settled on 'National Land' to sub-rent even a part of their land to Arabs, even for a short time; and those who do so are punished, usually by heavy fines. There is no prohibitions on non-Jews renting their land to Jews. This means, in my own case, that by virtue of being a Jew I have the right to lease an orchard for harvesting its produce from another Jew, but a non-Jew, whether a citizen of Israel or a resident alien, does not have this right.
My own early political conversion from admirer of Ben-Gurion to his dedicated opponent began exactly with such an issue. In 1956 I eagerly swallowed all of Ben-Gurion's political and military reasons for Israel initiating the Suez War, until he (in spite of being an atheist, proud of his disregard of the commandments of Jewish religion) pronounced in the Knesset on the third day of that war, that the real reason for it is 'the restoration of the kingdom of David and Solomon' to its Biblical borders. At this point in his speech, almost every Knesset member spontaneously rose and sang the Israeli national anthem.
It must be admitted at the outset that the Talmud and the talmudic literature - quite apart from the general anti-Gentile streak that runs through them, which will be discussed in greater detail in Chapter 5 - contain very offensive statements and precepts directed specifically against Christianity. For example, in addition to a series of scurrilous sexual allegations against Jesus, the Talmud states that his punishment in hell is to be immersed in boiling excrement - a statement not exactly calculated to endear the Talmud to devout Christians. Or one can quote the precept according to which Jews are instructed to burn, publicly if possible, any copy of the New Testament that comes into their hands. (This is not only still in force but actually practiced today; thus on 23 March 1980 hundreds of copies of the New Testament were publicly and ceremonially burnt in Jerusalem under the auspices of Yad Le'akhim, a Jewish religious organization subsidized by the Israeli Ministry of Religions.)