FoxNews: Israeli court rejects Israeli nationality, saying it could undermine Jewish character

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By Associated Press / FoxNews.com / October 4, 2013

October 12, 2013

In this June 12, 1997 file photo, an Orthodox man walks behind a Palestinian man on a street in the walled Old City of Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Greg Marinovich, File) (The Associated Press)

Israel's population registry lists a slew of "nationalities" and ethnicities, among them Jew, Arab, Druse and more.  But one word is conspicuously absent from the list: Israeli.

The national population registry lists a person's religion and nationality or ethnicity, among other details.  Any Jew, no matter what his country of origin, is listed as a Jew. Arabs are marked as such and other minorities, such as Druse, are listed by their ethnicity.

Residents cannot identify themselves as Israelis in the national registry because the move could have far-reaching consequences for the country's Jewish character, the Israeli Supreme Court wrote in documents obtained Thursday.

The ruling was a response to a demand by 21 Israelis, most of whom are officially registered as Jews, that the court decide whether they can be listed as Israeli in the registry.  The group had argued that without a secular Israeli identity, Israeli policies will favor Jews and discriminate against minorities.

In its 26-page ruling, the court explained that doing so would have "weighty implications" on the state of Israel and could pose a danger to Israel's founding principle: to be a Jewish state for the Jewish people.

Meanwhile in the U.S., Catholic priests in military face arrest for celebrating Mass.

Explain to me again how it is the U.S. and Israel are allies.

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