Supporter's of Israel call it "the only democracy in the region". Israel's supporters in the West (especially but not exclusively the US) more often than not are devout Christians who take a literalist interpretation of the Biblical Old Testament references to "Israel". Israel signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 18 states: “Everyone has the right to...change his religion...and freedom...to manifest his religion or beliefs in teaching, practice, worship and observance.” This makes their religious tolerance or otherwise the business of the international community.
But how would/do these Christians feel about Israel if they knew about their persecution of Christians? The offending law is penal law 5737-1977. It is high time the EU and UN took up the issue. We should not have an EU Association agreement giving Israel access to the Single Market to a state that denies the world's largest denomination its right to practice and promote its religion. And I say that as an agnostic.Originally Posted by If Americans Knew