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    • Xena
    • 18.07.10 | 17:36 (IDT)

    Gideon Levy is angry, very angry. In his view, Israel is morphing into a totalitarian state (witch-hunts against Arab MKs, foreigners entering the country illegally for economic reasons , denouncing unconventional views, taking actions against those calling for boycotts against Israel, rising police violence, etc, etc.). But when he talks about the ‘tyranny of the majority and the crushing of the minority’ – this raises many questions. Does he mean a majority in the Knesset, or does he mean a majority of the population? For example, should the state not respond to those who call for boycotts against it and its institutions? Should Arab MKs who identify themselves with ‘their people’ not be responsible for their actions? How should a sovereign state protect itself and its citizens, protect personal liberties and safeguard national security? I think the political situation in Israel is extremely complex; calling those who do not agree with his opinions, Nationalists, racists and fans of militarism and fascism – this sort of terminology does not help his cause (is this also not a form of racism?).

    from the article: It's coming to you
    First published 01:47 18.07.10 | Last updated 01:47 18.07.10
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