Democracy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '98'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • Brit
    • 18.07.11 | 10:51 (IDT)

    If you knew anything about real democracy, which you clearly don't as you live in Israel, then you would know that freedom of speech is a double edged sword. By allowing freedom of speech and expression you undoubtedly pave the way for radical extremists who can say basically whatever they like (for example calling the inhabitants of the settlements 'heroic'). On the other hand, however, you also elevate yourself above the likes of Iran, North Korea, China etc simply by allowing people to actually hold and express an opinion which may be different from the status quo. Freedom of speech and expression is what makes a democracy such a beautiful thing. I can only say that in a TRUE democracy, such as the United Kingdom, this law would be laughed out of the House of Commons. In fact it would never actually even make it that far. I only hope that the Supreme Court throws this piece of fascist legislation into the depths from whence it came. As the last bastion of TRUE democracy in Israel I lay my hopes with the Supreme Court. I just reread the line 'This law limits freedom of expression in a proportionate way'. This is a paradox I'm afraid and highlights the real problem: that you have absolutely no idea of what a democracy is.

    from the article: Israel's boycott law is constitutional
    First published 02:05 18.07.11 | Last updated 02:05 18.07.11
Haaretz Headlines
Palestinian Hamas militants march in front of a mock burnt Israeli bus during an anti-Israel rally
Tensions in Gaza are rising as Israel gains edge over Hamas tunnels

Hamas is under pressure twice over, from both the worsening domestic situation in the Strip and the militant organization potentially losing its main threat against Israel.

23:32 03.05.16 | 0 comments
Obama meets with Netanyahu in the Oval office of the White House, Washington D.C., November 9, 2015.
New U.S.-Israel military aid deal stalled over size and scope of new package

Israel wants guaranteed funding for missile defense projects, while U.S. wants to phase out authorization for Israel to buy Israeli-made weapons and supplies with American security aid.

23:11 03.05.16 | 0 comments
Amjed Hussain and Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish National Party's election manifesto launch.
Scottish National Party suspends party activist over anti-Israel Facebook posts

Amjed Hussain reportedly shared Facebook posts claiming the Mossad was responsible for the 9/11 attacks and linking ISIS to Israel.

00:32 04.05.16 | 0 comments
Women's protest in Jerusalem - Michal Fattal - December 23 2011
Controversy rages over Orthodox edict against female singers at memorial ceremonies

Women increasingly told they cannot sing at public events in order not to insult religious sensibilities.

01:02 04.05.16 | 0 comments