Syria and certainly Saudi Arabia do not pretend to be open secular democratic soicities and hold themselves ups as beams of enlightenment. Israel is not despotic and it is not South Africa-yet. But it is a misnomer to call it a "democracy" in the sense that Western Eurpean countries are democracies. That it is not. It is an ethnocracy and should have the integrity to call itself such. Non-Jews cannot and will never be equal to Jews in all senses in Israel as it is presently configured and the majority of the population likes it that way and feels it has the right to treat Suad as it does because he is a non-Jew and giving in to him will set a precedent which zionism cannot allow.
Settlers from Esh Kodesh clash with Palestinians in the West Bank; IDF cordoned the area (Haaretz)
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