Skip to comments.Defense Dept. Imposes Loyalty Test on American Jews
Posted on 06/28/2006 6:45:43 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
The Pentagon has banned security clearance to Americans with relatives in Israel. Government sources and attorneys said the Pentagon has sought and succeeded in removing security clearance from dozens of Americans, mostly Jews, who either lived, worked or have relatives in Israel. Official documents report that American Jews were asked by Pentagon examiners whether they would join a U.S. attack on Israel if the Jewish state was threatened.
[Note - this is all that is available to non-subscribers to Insight.]
I agree. However, that is not what is at issue in the Insight article. The report addressed Americans who "lived, worked or have relatives" in Israel. I can certainly understand the issue of divided loyalty, but by your criteria it is likely that only a miniscule portion of the people involved would have been denied their clearances or had them pulled.
Anyone ever thought about doing that to muslims?
typo= who is a dual citizen and did not acquire the status
Tell that to Meyer Lansky. Also to the Jewish guy from the Baltimore area who committed a murder a few years ago and then ran to Israel. Both claimed citizenship in Israel and protection under the laws of Israel, pursuant to the Law of Return, and both were returned to the US to face justice - as they should have been.
You compared "Catholics" to "Jews". One is a religion, the other is an ethnic group, many members of which may not be religious at all.
So, in your view, Catholics have a religion (sounds good so far), but Jews do not? WTF??? Do me a favor, look out the window...I'd like to know what color the sky is on your planet.
Or Alouette's son.
As I mentioned earlier, if this is done to everyone, if an attempt is made to find any hint of divided loyalty in any person, then this is a good thing - at least if one is interested in the security of this country, as I am. OTOH, if only Jews are being questioned and targetted this way, then something stinks.
Which one of my sons? The one who served in the IDF? Or the one who lives in Russia? Or maybe the one in Canada?
Read your own post again, and note the discrepancies. You are wrong in several respects: A Catholic, who decides to become an atheist, is no longer a Catholic, because Catholics are not an ethnic grouping. Jews who become agnostic or atheists, however, are still Jews because that is their ethnicity! And they don't have to believe in any religion to become Israeli citizens.
Haven't you heard? Jews are not a religion and every "ethnic" Jew automatically gets Israeli citizenship.
Because besides being a religion Jews are a Nation and Israel is the national home.
It would be the same as if an ethnic Pole who is an atheist moved to Poland and sought Polish citizenship.
But your problem is not with Jews in Israel, is it? It's with dual citizenship American Jews in the US. And we are very few in number.
Want to know the only way being a dual citizen is manifested in my life. Unlike most every other American Jew, if I travel to Israel, it is more expensive for me. Israel charges me VAT taxes on hotels and car rentals.
Your comparison with ethnic Poles is probably correct, although I don't know if they have a law of return. I not only do not have a problem with Israel, I fully support Israel and its valiant fight for survival; I wish them every success. I think its a great refuge for all Jews who are persecuted in other countries for the sake of their ethnicity. However, Israel is a foreign country to us, with its own interests, and they don't always coincide with U.S. national interests.
Its jonathan not Jason.
Thanks for perpetuating the stereotype that Republicans are a bunch of unthinking bigots.
DOE asks about relatives in other countries, but not about religion. The questions have bearing on the safety of such relatives if the person here has access to sensitive information. Life in the shadow world isn't always pretty.
You're right. We have a lot of "unthinking bigots!. But don't be so suspicious about everyboydy!
Again you are writing about Israel when supposedly your issue is with American Jews.
The Law of return is similar to getting points for civil service if you are a veteran.
Israel being the national home of the Jews (or maybe you would understand it better if we called the religion Judaism and the Nation Hebrews or Israelites) makes it easier for Jews/Hebrews/Israelites to immigrate and become Israeli citizens whether or not they are practicing Judaism (the religion).
Americans Jews who have not moved to Israel manifest a desire to be only Americans. They are not dual citizens and their status should be- in the absence of anti Semitism- like every single other American who chooses not to move to live in a foreign country.
I agree with you on that.
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