Democracy isn't just a numbers games. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 15.01.13 | 13:32 (IST)

    It is also about upholding certain values such as equal treatment and equal rights for all its citizens. Israel may have free elections but the outcome is the tyranny of the majority over the rest. This is not democracy in action. (The phrase "tyranny of the majority" is customarily used in discussing systems of democracy and majority rule, in which decisions made by a majority place its interests so far above those of an individual or minority group as to constitute active oppression. .In many cases a disliked ethnic, religious or racial group is deliberately penalized by the majority element acting through the democratic process).

    from the article: Victory of ultra-nationalists in Israel will estrange American Jews
    First published 11:46 14.01.13 | Last updated 11:46 14.01.13
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