Whose state? whose religion?

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  • Israel was founded by Zionists, who viewed Israel as the Promised Land, the patrimony of the Jewish people. Today, many Israelis define themselves as a nation, not as a religion. Does being an Israeli mean embracing a religion, or is it a national identity? This program examines this divisive question that has pitted Israeli against Jew. Beginning with the forefathers who founded Israel on Zionist principles, to those who have immigrated seeking a homeland, this question of identity continues to shape Israeli politics and policy.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
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  • Zionists and Orthodox Jews Clash (2:47) -- Jews Escape the Holocaust (2:51) -- Jews Gains Momentum in Government (2:56) -- Zionists and Orthodox Jews Clash (3:15) -- Orthodox Versus the Zionists (3:27) -- Ultra-Religious Seek Control (3:51) -- Soviet Immigration Softens Laws (3:17) -- Ethiopian Jews Face Opposition (3:14) -- Non-Orthodox Jews Ousted by Police (3:20) -- Gush Emunim (2:48) -- Right-Wing Groups Clan Together (2:43) -- West Bank Settlements Evacuated (3:05) -- Orthodox Shas Party (3:12) -- Orthodox and Secular Jews Collide (3:36) -- Orthodox Jews Seek Their Own State (3:32) -- Religious Issues in Israel Unresolved (1:47)
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