The common man versus the nation state. A one-sided legitimacy. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nick Ferriman
    • 25.06.07 | 20:00 (IDT)

    Danny Rubenstein claims Fatah enjoys the backing of nearly the entire world. I think that needs to be reworded. Fatah enjoys the backing of the institutions called nation states. This is not the true will of the people being expressed, merely the voice of formal political power acting on their behalf. If we want to get some idea of where genuine popular opinion is moving, then we need to look below this institutional level at other movers and shapers of popular opinion, those who are less constrained by the niceties of diplomacy and more concerned about democratic accountability. When their voices are heard, not from positions of self-interest but in support of the rights of others, then we should sit up and take note. For sovereignty lies with the people, and when one or more of their voices is raised in protest we would do well to listen. Several such voices have spoken out recently. A number of British academics, journalists, architects and other professionals, as well as members of other trade unions, have demanded action be taken against Israel for the illegality and brutality of its Occupation. As the Occupation continues, these voices will be joined by others. The unilateral support that Israel might once have enjoyed is crumbling under the weight of its own abuses. Its moral double book-keeping, where on one side it presents itself as a modern secular democracy, but on the other it dishes out vindictive tribal punishments, has been rumbled. The problem for Israel is that the more it attempts to suppress Hamas, the more it increases the latter?s legitimacy, a legitimacy that Danny Rubenstein already acknowledges is supported by the common man across much of the Arab world. And it is through the common man that all legitimacy arises.

    from the article: The only chance to defeat Hamas
    First published 00:00 25.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 25.06.07
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