Israeli “democracy” in action
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In a move likely to fuel tensions with its minority Arab population, Israel moved a step closer to passing a law that would require new citizens of the country to declare their loyalty to a “Jewish state.”
In a statement released Wednesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his support for adding language to Israel’s citizenship and entry law that would declare a new citizen’s allegiance to “a Jewish and democratic state.”
“The State of Israel is the national state of the Jewish people. This principle guides government policy, both foreign and domestic, and is a foundation of Israeli law,” Netanyahu declared in the statement…
Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Ask your friendly neighborhood teabagger how they feel about enforcing a mandatory Christian United States? They’d probably offer the usual Judeo-Christian folderol. It gets to sound more inclusive.
Arab Knesset member Ahmed Tibi from the Ra’am-Ta’al party criticized the move, saying that ” the values of Jewish and Democratic cannot be in the same definition because democracy is the equality of all the citizens. But an ethnic definition as Jewish is the preference of the Jew over that of the Arab and therefore it fixates an inferior status to 20 percent of the population…”
In an updated statement, Netanyahu said “Israel is a democratic state that gives full civil equality to all its citizens. We uphold this in our foreign and domestic policy, and in the peace negotiations.”
Which is another lie.
None of the populations under the thumb of Israeli occupation are allowed to vote in anything other than a strictly local election. They have no voice in the larger political entity ruling their lives.
UPDATE: The Israeli cabinet adopted the bill.