Is there anyone out there who doesn't know Israel's full of Jews?
It's a minor thing with which to be annoyed these days, all things considered, but I wonder why it's become a journalistic convention to alternate references to "Israel" with "the Jewish state," as in this report from Bloomberg:
Israel says its blockade of Gaza is legal because it is in “a state of armed conflict” with Hamas. Some countries, such as Turkey, dispute the legality of the blockade.
Hamas’s charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state.
After all, no one writes "The French prime minister returned to the French state on Monday," or "Governor Purdue led a 43-person delegation in a business mission to explore trade and tourism opportunities with the Cuban state." My objection to this is aesthetic, not political. I just don't see the need for three words when one will do perfectly well.
Speaking of aesthetic objections, Alice Walker's punctuation leaves much to be desired.