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    • 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.

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    First published 02:05 18.07.11 | Last updated 02:05 18.07.11
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