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Hardly democratic

Posted by Alessandro Accorsi su 13 gennaio, 2009

The National – UAE

With the general election imminent in Israel it is hardly surprising that a stormy debate about the attack on Gaza has taken centre stage in the Knesset. Indeed, electoral politics may be the root cause of the violent incursion into Gaza. However, the disqualification of two of the country’s three Arab political parties will silence a voice already struggling to be heard. Accused by the right wing of supporting terrorism, Balad, the National Democratic Assembly, and Ta’al, the Arab Movement for Renewal, have been banned after a decision by a Central Election Committee panel. The decision, which affects seven Knesset seats, has still to be ratified by the supreme court.

The reason given for the ban is that the parties do not recognise Israel as a Jewish and a democratic state. But attempting to silence these Arab members of the Knesset, effectively disenfranchising 20 per cent of the population, is hardly the action of a democratic state. A better decision would have been to postpone the election until the conflict in Gaza is resolved.

For the past two weeks Israel has struggled to justify its actions on the international stage, and failed. This ban compounds that failure. If Israel wants its voice to be heard in the Arab world, then the Arab voice inside Israel must be heard too.




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