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    • piotr
    • 28.01.11 | 05:07 (IST)

    Levy is perhaps a philosopher, but this column consists of very thinly reasoned magical incantations. The only democracy! Calumnious agitators! Across the border from Israel, there is a country with free elections and free press. A democracy. Is it perfect democracy? Well, we can compare Lebanon point by point with Israel. Distasteful parties in the ruling coalition? It kind of depends on your sense of taste. I trust that Lebanese will at least select someone less thuggish that Avigdor Lieberman as FM. Operating death squads/assassins? Again, perhaps regional characteristic. Political parties that are fronts for hereditary theocrats. Again, regional characteristic. Like China, Iran and other "boycott worthy" countries, Israel runs a massive and repressive security apparatus. It is easier for Tibetans to move around and build houses than for Palestinians. Defenders of Israel never tire of comparing their opponents to Nazis. Foreign Ministry of SoI instructs ambassadors to lecture their hosts about Nazi connections of Palestinians. It is only fair to use the same perspective in both directions. "Countries whose leaders are deaf to the language of common sense and compromise" -- again, a "regional characteristic" shared by Israel? Israel elects its government, like Iran, has a state religion, like Iran, kills protesters, like Iran. Shia women are allowed to ride in front of a bus (seven days a week!). Another question: Turkey is at least as good a democracy as Israel. A movement to boycott Turkey was quite popular in Israel. Any comments on that?

    from the article: One doesn't boycott the only free society in the Mideast
    First published 03:10 28.01.11 | Last updated 03:10 28.01.11
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