# 18 Northern neighbour - Lebanese 'democracy' - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Paul Henzen
    • 24.10.07 | 21:10 (IST)

    In which 'democracy' are refugees kept in camps since 1948 and are they banned from a large number of professions? Which 'democacy' is basically run by a neighbouring regime? In which 'democracy' can a terrorist organisation kidnap the soldiers of a neighbouring country and start a war? In which 'democracy' are the leaders of the Christian community regularly killed by members other communities or even a neighbouring country? In REAL democracies none of the above happens. From where I am sitting, the only democracy in the Middle East is Israel, where women are equal citizens and not just breeding stock, where homosexuals can have an open lifestyle without being hanged in public and where ALL religions and political movements have freedom of expression. Your 'democracy' doesn't even allow its citizens to have contacts with Israelis...

    from the article: Democracy or hypocrisy
    First published 00:00 24.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 24.10.07
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