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    • Ovadiah ben Avraham
    • 09.12.07 | 15:07 (IST)

    "broader Israeli narrative that creates a collective space" That sound's nice and multicultural. Now let's see some practical implementations described. How do you address an Arab-Israeli member of Knesset who demands that the Star of David be removed from the Flag of Israel? Or that Hatikva be swapped out as the National Anthem? Or that armed-struggle against Israel is legitimate? In democracies there are always people testing the boundaries of the democratic process, which is a good thing, I suppose. Don't expect the soothing talk of a Heideggerian "clearing" where all narratives can "reveal their inner truth", to stop some people from ratcheting up the rhetoric all the way. And the noisemakers are the ones that always garner a political following. Democracy is always rough-and-tumble, because the substrate of democracy is human nature. Understand this.

    from the article: The impossible forfeit
    First published 00:00 09.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 09.12.07
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