Israel degrades the concept of democracy

The Israeli election has been in the news today and the results are almost in. It seems that Kadima got the most votes, followed by Likud, followed by Israel Beiteinu followed by Labour and some other parties. 

Israeli election results, 2009

Israeli election results, 2009

As if Kadima and Likud were not right wing enough it seems that Israel Beiteinu want every Israeli “citizen” to take an oath of allegiance to Israel! Others want to expel Palestinians from Israel.

Well, we may not like it but they have right to vote for their own government don’t they?

Let’s try a thought experiment:

All the descendants of the persecuted Pilgrim Fathers return from the United States to the English East Midlands. They declare that this land was given to them by God and that Melton Mowbray is their undisputed capital. They fight with and expel most of the current inhabitants and manage to hold onto Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, and parts of Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

They declare this area to be their country but occupy the rest of the Eats Midlands and start planting fundamentalist Puritan settlers there in segregated enclaves defended by their troops.

They then hold elections but only let their Puritan Pilgrim Father descendants vote.

Is that democracy? Doesn’t sound like it to me.

I believe that the world looks the other way when it comes to Palestinian suffering because of the horrendous suffering of Jews during World War 2. perhaps this is understandable but it is not right. Jews did suffer terribly about 50 years ago, we can’t change that. But Palestinians are suffering now.

Past injustice perpetrated on Jews does not justify the acceptance of Jews as perpetrators of injustice.

Are Jews around the world really going to continue their uncritical support for a country which starts expelling people because of their religion or ethnicity?

The following video has British Labour MP Gerald Kaufman’s take on events:


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