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  • Why 'Israeli' is not a nationality

    Yedidia Z. Stern and Jay Ruderman, JTA|Mar 14, 2014

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—For Americans, the definition of national identity is straightforward: It goes hand in hand with citizenship. If you are an American citizen, you are also American by nationality. The same applies to the French, Germans and many others. In Israel, however, there is a different but equally valid conception of the relationship between citizenship and nationality. Indeed, this understanding is central to Israel’s identity as a Jewish state. The State of Israel maintains a national population registry in which every resident is cla... Full story

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