Tuesday, January 13, 2009

So much for that Democracy thing...

Hey Israeli Arabs? SUCK. ON. THIS.

The Central Elections Committee on Monday banned Arab political parties from running in next month’s parliamentary elections, drawing accusations of racism by an Arab lawmaker who said he would challenge the decision in the country’s Supreme Court.

The ruling, made by the body that oversees the elections, reflected the heightened tensions between Israel’s Jewish majority and Arab minority caused by Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip. Israeli Arabs have held a series of demonstrations against the offensive.

The good news is that the supreme court is likely to overturn this fairly unbelievable decision.

Chris Bowers :
The status quo, of a mostly democratic Israel occupying Palestinian territories that are not functional as nation-states, in also untenable. Israel simply cannot maintain an apartheid operation and a democratic state at the same time. Democracy will collapse if apartheid is maintained. Disallowing the Arab parties from running in the elections next month should be understood as the start of that process. (And no, referring to it as apartheid is not controversial. During my trip to Israel, it was a word that Israeli politicians of all stripes had no difficulty using to describe the current situation.)
Calling off democracy for a section of the population is pretty bad. But it also raises the question: Is there any Israeli action, no matter how vile or repulsive, that would cause AIPAC's monopoly on U.S. policy to be broken?

I don't know the answer, but why not call your congressman and ask? It's your money making this happen, you have a right to know.

And if they don't give you an answer, then just tell them you wish you could move to Maryland's 4th, and have a representative like Donna Edwards.

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