'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Sunday, July 18, 2010

But Don't Call It an Apartheid State 

From today's Independent:

New Israeli citizens may soon be required to swear an oath of loyalty to a Jewish and democratic state, a step that has drawn harsh criticism from human rights groups.

Israel's Cabinet, which meets tomorrow, is expected to approve this and extend a raft of existing measures that make it harder for Palestinians to achieve citizenship.

The wording of the oath, which would apply to new applicants for citizenship, was slammed by Arab advocacy groups, who accused Israel of racist policies that attempt to link citizenship to ideology.

It's another step in the direction of getting the Arabs out of Israel, said Uri Avnery, a former MP and founder of the Israeli Gush Shalom peace movement. Parliament has become a lynching mob.

The Knesset, Israel's parliament, voted this week to strip Hanin Zuabi, an Israeli Arab politician, of her parliamentary privileges for taking part in the Gaza flotilla aimed at breaching Israel's sea blockade.

Embedded within this article is an illustration of the mendacity of the Israeli peace movement. Surely, Avnery knows that Zionism has always been about getting the Arabs out of Palestine, with the exception of various manifestations of cultural and religious Zionism that rejected the creation of a Jewish state. And, there is the darkly hilarious reference to the racist purpose of the policy by placing the term in quotes, with the implication that it is merely an exaggerated, propagandistic response.

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