Wake-up Call! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ursula Lahat
    • 02.12.10 | 06:57 (IST)

    The writer of this editorial "Democracy in Danger" has hit the nail on its head! This very succinct and eloquent analysis exactly describes the current crisis in Israeli society regarding the rise in racism/nationalism and in discriminatory practices that has been rampant lately and that has been fostered and instigated by some of the very legislators who are supposed to protect and safeguard the democratic laws and character of the country and it also suggests concrete measures to be taken to reverse this appalling and dangerous trend and return to the true precepts of democratic values that guarantee equal rights under the law to ALL of its citizens - as stated in the Declaration of Independence: "Hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in the land of Israel to be known as the State of Israel. …Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the "Ingathering of the Exiles"; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations."

    from the article: Israel can't be a democracy with two classes of citizens
    First published 01:33 02.12.10 | Last updated 01:33 02.12.10
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