'There is no danger that justifies any limitation of freedom,' writes judge, rejects police request for restraining order against Ezra Nawi and Guy Butavia.00:11 12.02.16 | 0 comments
Israel Harel's article is a perfect (and quite articulate) example of Israeli exceptionalism whereby the state and its military can simply do no wrong. Those who criticize any action or law on the part of the state, either through op-eds or boycott are immediately deemed enemies or de-legitimizers. By virtue of being part of the state organ, rightist legislators' actions are automatically deemed both patriotric and founded on "Zionist" values and only a necessary reaction to said enemies. Unfortunately, Mr. Harel's viewpoint is representative of the larger Israeli public, whose blinders to anti-democratic trends, international opinion (which can never be rooted in anything other than anti-semitism), and the realities of the occupation, have so completely blocked out the light that they can't see the cliff quickly approaching.