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Israel bans Arab parties from Elections

Not being the biggest “Blighty” fan on the planet it is tongue in cheek when I say, credit where credit is due and although the mother of parliaments did ban Gerry and Martin from using the House of Commons facilities because of their refusal to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen, Sinn Fein was never prevented from running in elections for Westminster even although it was considered to be the political arm of what was considered to be a terrorist organisation. Not the biggest “Blighty” fan. However, even if some people claim that 16% of the people of Northern Ireland were effectively disenfranchised, they were allowed to express their wishes and, at the end of the day, it was all down to that allegiance. Moreover, 16% of the Northern Irish electorate represents less than one percent of the British electorate. In Israel 20% of the population is being disenfranchised.
In Israel today the Arab parties have been banned from the upcoming elections.(1) Would they, if they were to swear allegiance to the Zionist state, be permitted to run? Perhaps, but the very idea is, for obvious reasons, absurd. How, if you are an Arab, can you swear allegiance to a state that has yet to define its own borders and in failing to do so continues to trample on and pursue illegal wars against your people, how can you swear allegiance to a state, which has defined itself as a “Jewish state and that a priori doesn’t want you in that state? The Palestinian Arabs living in Israel should never accept their status as second class citizens in their own country. They can only be interested in ending the “apartheid” that the Zionists practice.
Of course, by effectively disenfranchising 20% of its population, Israel has shown how thin the facade of it being a democracy actually is, it is a “democracy” for Jews only and one wonders if it will ever dawn on them that we do not have exclusive democracies. My message to Israel is as follows; be what you want to be, murder as you might, but, please, please, stop the silly whining about your being a democracy, about your fighting against terrorists, about your so-called security needs. Israel is not a democracy, the IDF are killing hundreds and, perhaps today, thousands of innocents in Gaza, the IDF are terrorists and what kind of security do the Palestinians live in. Indeed, there was a warning shot the the Central Elections Committee, which banned the Arab parties from the forthcoming elections today. The security of 20% of Israel’s population is, indeed, threatened and not from the external forces.
1 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1054867.html

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There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.

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