With all the problems the world is facing today, not being ‘Jewish’ is treated as a crime in Israel and makes headline news…

Israeli investigated on his Jewish status after Haaretz interview

Kibbutz resident Itai Bar believes a Family Affair article is to blame for his case being ‘blocked’ at the population registrar office; in the article, Bar is quoted as calling himself a ‘Shabbes goy.’

The Bars at home on Kibbutz Shoval, from left: Neta, Tamara and Itai

An Israeli citizen may have his classification as “Jewish” withdrawn by the Interior Ministry in the wake of a newspaper interview he gave. In an interview for the Family Affair section of Haaretz Magazine, in May, Itai Bar, a resident of Kibbutz Shoval in the south of the country, disclosed he wasn’t Jewish.

Bar, 35, was asked by journalists Avner and Reli Abrahami to recount his family story for their weekly column. Bar’s father, a Catholic, arrived at the kibbutz as a volunteer after the Six-Day War, where he met Bar’s mother, the daughter of a Catholic mother and a Holocaust survivor father. Bar was born in Shoval and Hebrew is his native language. He mentioned in the interview that he is mistakenly described as Jewish in his ID card, but still serves as a “Shabbes goy” at the kibbutz dairy.

Three days ago, Bar arrived at the population registrar office in Be’er Sheva to obtain a document he needed. To his surprise, the clerk there told him his case was “blocked.” He said that there was an alert about my nationality, following a report. I asked who reported it, and she said she couldn’t tell me, but it might have something to do with the Haaretz article. From her I went to another clerk, who started asking me about my grandparents. I told her she was infringing upon my civil rights.”

Later on, Bar found himself arguing with the deputy director of the office about his Jewishness. “She asked me if I was Jewish, and I said yes, I was circumcised and I celebrate the Jewish holidays.”

The deputy director subsequently unlocked Bar’s file to allow him to receive the document he came for, but warned him that his case was being forwarded to the Interior Ministry office in Jerusalem. When he pressed for the source of the information, he was told it came from the spokeswoman of the Interior Ministry.

The spokeswoman, Sabine Haddad, strongly denied yesterday she was the source of the information, and stressed that the process would not alter Bar’s legal status in Israel.

She said that the spokesperson’s office was charged with responding to media queries and preparing press clippings, not investigating people’s Jewishness.


  1. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    June 16, 2011 at 20:58

    This pushy goy is obviously anti-semitic.

  2. Geltmesiter said,

    June 16, 2011 at 21:04

    Why should he be so worried about whether he is classified as Jewish or not? It’s not as if Jews enjoy special privileges in Israel.

  3. Blake said,

    June 16, 2011 at 23:34

    anti-GENTILISM causes so-called “antisemitism”.
    He gets what he deserves, for supporting such a bigoted society. He is like the Step-N-fetchit self-denigrating negroe of old. Stand up and DEMAND EQUALITY. When is ISRAEL going to recognize the RIGHT of NON-Jews to exist, be FREE, and their HUMAN and SPIRITUAL EQUALITY.
    WHO is always in the forefront of DEMANDING America be DIVERSE, MULTICULTURAL, RAINBOW-HUED, make ISRAEL “EMBRACE DIVERSITY”. anti-GENTILISM causes so-called “antisemitism”.

  4. Redpossum said,

    June 17, 2011 at 00:14

    He should just tell the Interior Ministry to geh kak afen yam.

  5. Tom Dee said,

    June 17, 2011 at 02:36

    The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics states that as of 2005, 650,000 Israelis have left the country for over one year and not returned. The great majority of these were Jews. In addition, polls show that at least 60 percent and as high as 80 percent of remaining Israeli Jews “sympathize with those who leave the country.

    Ii suspect that the flood gate of departures is in the works. The only ones left in Israel will be the crazy. Maybe our congress will learn that even the chosen do not like the area. Maybe congress will then stop sending so much money to them.

  6. June 17, 2011 at 05:25

    […] Continued here: UNF’NBELIEVABLE! […]

  7. Paul said,

    June 17, 2011 at 07:13

    This is what happens when a “religion” pretends it’s a race.

  8. June 17, 2011 at 16:32

    Membership has its privledges…for now

  9. ME said,

    June 17, 2011 at 23:06

    That’s aparthiedic !!

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