Mrs. Illouz' article on the Dreyfus Affair in Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Robert S. April MD MA
    • 25.11.12 | 22:28 (IST)

    This article creates a fictitious case in modern Israel based on the famous Dreyfus case in France 1894-1906, a distant time, a distance place, another history altogether. First, it should be emphasized that the Affair ended in France when rising world opinion caused the President of the Republic to grant amnisty to all concerned so that attendance at the Great Universal Exposition of 1900 would not be compromised. The guilty were not punished nor the victim, Alfred Dreyfus, compensated by a jury verdict that would have rendered the justice that Mrs. Illouz claimed occurred in France and could not occur in Israel. The Dreyfus Affair was solved by a back room political decision and not an open judicial proceeding. The Dreyfus Affair was an example of military cover up of a mishandled intelligence matter. It was a free press and free speech that brought the facts to the public and once that happened, a public scandal had to be avoided. The Affair did not end antisemitism in France. The tragic history of the 20th Century makes that perfectly clear. Mrs. Illouz' fictional format makes no sense to me at all and I would ask her to write another article to explain why in the world she wrote it in the first place . Israel is a modern democratic republic; it has multiple relgions and multicple ethnic cultures. It is as far from "tribal" as possible, but a state founded on principles of nationalism for a universal people with a particular history, language, and relgion of its own. There are so many examples of juridical decisions in favor of Israeli-arab plaintiffs that Mrs. Illouz' arguments simply make no sense.

    from the article: Could the Dreyfus affair happen in Israel?
    First published 05:25 19.10.12 | Last updated 05:25 19.10.12
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