Democractic, as Long as You’re Jewish

Non-Jews enjoy less and less democracy. Just ask the Bedouin of Umm al-Hiran.

When discussing democracy in Israel, some people seek to distinguish between what happens within the Green Line and what happens beyond it – an undemocratic regime of occupation. They believe the occupation doesn’t weigh on Israel’s democratic character, both because it’s a temporary situation and because it has the distinction of taking place outside the state’s borders.