Chris Linthwaite and "POP" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • JES
    • 31.10.07 | 18:46 (IST)

    How typical. Members of the Knesset introduce a piece of legislation and the choir chime in that this somehow makes Israel something less than a democracy. I was under the impression that allowing a variety of views and, yes, even the introduction of legislation based on these views is what democracy is all about. Or am I missing something, and only legislation with which Chris Linthwaite and "POP" agree may be introduced for a vote in a democracy.? In the meantime, these two jokers have passed judgement on legislation that they have not read and with whose content they are unfamiliar. More important, this legislation has only passed a first reading and has not even been to committee, let alone passed into law. I would say that is their interpretation of democracy that is unique! Just to point out, Israel currently only has two criteria for banning people from becoming MKs: if they have been convicted of a serious crime or if they run as a member of a political party that has been judged by the election committee to be racist. With respect to the second, only one party has ever been declared as such, and that was an ultra-right Jewish party.

    from the article: Arab MKs: Bid to bar trips to enemy states is 'racist'
    First published 00:00 31.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 31.10.07
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