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    Israeli Government Ads Warn Against Marrying Non-Jews

    By Jonathan Cook, AlterNet. Posted September 8, 2009.



    Israel has launched an advertising campaign urging Israelis to inform on Jewish friends and relatives abroad who may be in danger of marrying non-Jews.

    The Israeli government has launched a television and Internet advertising campaign urging Israelis to inform on Jewish friends and relatives abroad who may be in danger of marrying non-Jews.

    The advertisements, employing what the Israeli media described as "scare tactics," are designed to stop assimilation through intermarriage among young Diaspora Jews by encouraging their move to Israel.

    The campaign, which cost $800,000, was created in response to reports that half of all Jews outside Israel marry non-Jews. It is just one of several initiatives by the Israeli state and private organizations to try to increase the size of Israel's Jewish population.

    According to one ad, voiced over by one of the country's leading news anchors, assimilation is "a strategic national threat," warning: "More than 50 percent of Diaspora youth assimilate and are lost to us."

    Adam Keller, of Gush Shalom, an Israeli peace group, said this was a reference both to a general fear in Israel that the Jewish people may one day disappear through assimilation and to a more specific concern that, if it is to survive, Israel must recruit more Jews to its "demographic war" against Palestinians.

    The issue of assimilation has been thrust into the limelight by a series of surveys over several years carried out by the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, a think tank established in Jerusalem in 2002 comprising leading Israeli and Diaspora officials.

    The institute's research has shown that Israel is the only country in the world with a significant Jewish population not decreasing in size. The decline elsewhere is ascribed both to low birth rates and to widespread intermarriage.

    According to the institute, about half of all Jews in Western Europe and the United States assimilate by intermarrying, while the figure for the former Soviet Jewry is reported to reach 80 percent.

    Israel, whose Jewish population of 5.6 million accounts for 41 percent of worldwide Jewry, has obstructed intermarriage between its Jewish and Arab citizens by refusing to recognize such marriages unless they are performed abroad.

    The advertising campaign is directed particularly at Jews in the United States and Canada, whose combined 5.7 million Jews constitute the world's largest Jewish population. Most belong to the liberal Reform stream of Judaism that, unlike Orthodoxy, does not oppose intermarriage.

    One-third of Jews in the Diaspora are believed to have relatives in Israel.

    According to the campaign's organizers, more than 200 Israelis rang a hot line to report names of Jews living abroad after the first TV advertisement was run on Wednesday. Callers left details of e-mail addresses and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    The 30-second clip featured a series of missing-persons posters on street corners, in subways and on telephone boxes showing images of Jewish youths above the word "Lost" in different languages. A voiceover asks anyone who "knows a young Jew living abroad" to call the hot line: "Together, we will strengthen their connection to Israel, so that we don't lose them."

    The campaign supports a government-backed program, Masa, that subsidizes stays and courses in Israel of up to one year in a bid to persuade Jews to immigrate and become citizens. About 8,000 Diaspora Jews attend its program each year.

    The government has been trying to develop Masa alongside a rival program, Birthright Israel, which brings nearly 20,000 Diaspora youngsters to Israel each year on sponsored 10-day trips to meet Israeli soldiers and visit sites in Israel and the West Bank that are promoted as important to the Jewish people.

    Although Birthright is regarded as useful in encouraging a positive image of Israel, officials fear it has only a limited effect on attracting its mainly North American participants to move to Israel. Many regard it as an all-paid holiday.

    Israel has launched an advertising campaign urging Israelis to inform on Jewish friends and relatives abroad who may be in danger of marrying non-Jews. Tools

    Differences in the approach of the two programs were underlined in July when a Birthright director, Shlomo Lif****tz, resigned and moved to Masa after telling the Israeli media he had been forbidden from urging Birthright participants to migrate to Israel and shun intermarriage.

    In launching the campaign, Masa's chief executive, Ayelet Shilo-Tamir, warned that assimilation worldwide was putting Jews "on the verge of negative growth."

    Masa officials said young Jews who participate in their projects strengthened their Jewish identity and were more likely to become politically and socially active on behalf of Israel-related issues.

    The campaign quickly provoked a storm of debate on Jewish blogs, especially in the United States, with some terming it "divisive" and an insult to Jewish offspring of intermarriage. A link to Masa's "Lost" campaign had been dropped from the front page of its Web site yesterday, possibly in response to the backlash.

    The campaign will probably strike a chord in Israel, however, where a poll in 2007 found that 46 percent of Israeli Jews believed all Jews should live in Israel because it was "the only way Israel and the Jewish people will be strengthened."

    That position has been echoed by Israel's leaders, although most have been careful not to upset the delicate balance of relations with Diaspora communities.

    Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was widely regarded as having overstepped those bounds in 2004 during a visit to France when he urged French Jews to come to Israel because France was experiencing "the spread of the wildest anti-Semitism."

    Sharon had been outspoken in wanting 1 million Jews to immigrate to Israel to counter a "demographic threat" from the rapid growth of the Palestinian populations in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Numerical parity between Jews and Palestinians living in the region is expected to be reached within a decade.

    That theme has been picked up by his successors, Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu.

    There is growing concern in Israel that immigration rates have steadily declined since a large wave of 1 million Jews arrived from the former Soviet Union through the 1990s. The absorption figure for last year -- 16,500 -- was the lowest since the 1980s. It is also believed that there is a growing trend of better-off Jews leaving Israel to live abroad, although figures are not publicized.

    Keller, of Gush Shalom, said few Jews in the United States or Europe, the main target of the campaign, needed to come to Israel for material reasons.

    "They come from ideological motives, and many of them are right-wing nationalists who can be encouraged to settle in the West Bank."

    The Israeli government and various organizations subsidize the immigration of Diaspora Jews to Israel.

    Last year, the Jewish Agency handed over responsibility for locating new immigrants to Nefesh B'Nefesh, a private organization that promotes on its Web site a dozen settlements in the West Bank, including hard-line communities such as Kedumim, near Nablus, and Efrat, near Bethlehem.

    "Last week, Israeli TV showed a group of immigrants arriving in Israel to go to Efrat," Keller said. "They were shown being greeted at the airport by a large clapping crowds of Israelis waving flags in support."
    Last edited by Sense0Purpose1; 09-10-2009, 11:06 PM.
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    Some people offend easier than others.

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    • #3
      And some people can't copy and paste, including me. lol
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      I'm the gatekeeper, are you the keymaster?

      Servicing what feels like one giant Mental Hospital......... going on 3 years.

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      • #4
        Uh...do you have a source or is is just this 'alternet' thing? I'm leaning towards calling BS on this.

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        • #5
          Who cares. We have no business meddling into Israel's affairs. There are millions in this world that would extinguish every Jew off the planet if they could. They have a right to try to stick together, so to speak.

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          • #6
            Well, under one of your other names, you mentioned that Jews, among other people, offended you... so what's your point?
            “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

            "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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            • #7
              not sure why you are offended, as it doesnt effect YOU........
              The posts on this forum by this poster are of his personal opinion, and his personal opinion alone

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JTShooter View Post
                Well, under one of your other names, you mentioned that Jews, among other people, offended you... so what's your point?


                Hummm, Good point JT......


                So Der General ???

                Please enlighten us...
                Originally posted by mookster
                Sully, usually I hafta glance over your posts cuz my brain would have issues with the imagery you portray, however with that one I get it. I agree one hundred percent with ya.
                Originally posted by CityCopDC
                I swear to god you are not human. I know a rogue VI when I see one.
                Originally posted by OfficerDotCom
                I think no one is probably happier than Sully and I that we ARE NOT the same person.(seriously thanking God for that one).
                -Frank




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                • #9
                  I am offended by Iowa's legalization of Same Sex marriage, that does not effect me, but it effects things I hold dear.

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                  • #10
                    Whether it's true or not, throughout the history of Judaism, they have always encouraged men not to marry foreign women. That stretches back thousands of years.


                    So.......
                    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit" - Aristotle

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                    • #11
                      women are the debil.
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                      I don't agree with your opinion, but I respect its straightforwardness in terms of wrongness.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jakflak View Post
                        Uh...do you have a source or is is just this 'alternet' thing? I'm leaning towards calling BS on this.
                        The story was written by an British freelancer and published in a Dubai newspaper.

                        According to an article in the Israeli paper, Haaretz, The ad ... asks anyone who "knows a young Jew living abroad" to call MASA. "Together, we will strengthen his or her bond to Israel, so that we don't lose them."

                        The video in question is available online. I don't speak Hebrew but I doubt they're asking Jews to snitch on friends who might marry outside the faith.

                        Note that the Haaretz article is dated March, 2009. Either the freelancer isn't quick on the uptake or it's taken him 6 months to find a buyer.

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                        • #13
                          Well debil..

                          Then I sure tha hell don't want ta' go ta' heaven...

                          Trigger can go ta' heaven in ma' place!!!!!
                          Originally posted by mookster
                          Sully, usually I hafta glance over your posts cuz my brain would have issues with the imagery you portray, however with that one I get it. I agree one hundred percent with ya.
                          Originally posted by CityCopDC
                          I swear to god you are not human. I know a rogue VI when I see one.
                          Originally posted by OfficerDotCom
                          I think no one is probably happier than Sully and I that we ARE NOT the same person.(seriously thanking God for that one).
                          -Frank




                          Old Physicists neva' die, they just hop on a horsey and fly away inta' an infinitely massive black ho ...

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                          • #14
                            I think the article is right...the women should only have sex with us and not want to marry us.
                            Budda sat in front of a wall and when he stood up he was enlightened. I sat in front of a wall and when I stood up the wall was enlightened.


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jakflak View Post
                              Uh...do you have a source or is is just this 'alternet' thing? I'm leaning towards calling BS on this.
                              You requested an additional source.

                              http://www.forward.com/articles/113741/

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