Israeli shamocracy, get it right Ben Jabo - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ibn Filastin
    • 04.03.07 | 18:24 (IST)

    The basic premise of democracy is peoples rule, and this as we know it today necessarily involves inclusion, empowerment, and equality. None of these things apply in a state where the privileges of some are prioritized over the rights of others, to use Ben-Habib's phrase. All of this fluff about Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan--these are just ways in which Zionist propaganda begs the question of its own political vision. You can't be an ethnocracy and a democracy at the same time. And while other settler-colonial movements in America and Australia committed the same kind of genocide and mass-dispossession, they do not have explicitly racially defined citizenship norms and therefore they are in theory democratic and inclusive. If Israel turns its back on diversity and multi-culturalism, than it betrays the progressive values the Yishuv claimed to have brought to the Levant. But then again, for the Palestinians the promised land seems to be the land of broken promises.

    from the article: Druze, Circassian forum: Israel should remain a Jewish state
    First published 00:00 01.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 01.03.07
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