Israel bans Arab parties from the Knesset
“This is a fascist, racist state.”
Not my words, these are the words of Arab delegates associated with the United Arab List-Ta’al and Balad parties that have now been barred from the Knesset for supposed accusations of “incitement, supporting terrorist groups and refusing to recognize Israel’s right to exist.”
This is the supposed “only democracy in the Middle East.” I’m looking for the Israelis to stand up and declare some shame, declare some disgust at what their Government is doing, at the havoc they are wreaking. Let’s forget the unforgettable assault on Gaza for a minute and look at this move in isolation, does it not amount to out-and-out racism and discrimination? I would like to add that not only did the prectiable parties support this move, it was put forward by the ultra-right parties Yisrael Beiteinu and National Union-National Religious Party, but it was supported by Labor and Kadima, the supposedly centre-left (!) and centrist parties respectively.
So now this means that Arab citizens of Israel cannot vote for any party controlled by Arabs and can only run for office in Jewish parties, most of which are now openly hostile to their political existence. Great. And all this because the Arab parties oppose the War on Gaza perhaps? So the appropriate response is to declare war on 20% of the population? Was the vote not one of the first things taken from Jews during Hitler’s rise? Oh, the irony.
Of course I know that this will be struck down by the Supreme Court (as most of the online pundits and even politicans are saying) reducing this move to pure theatre… but what sort of theatre is this? Do we see such moves in modern Western Parliaments? No. If Israel wants to be seen as an equal it needs to act like one and not regress into barbarism.