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Zionist-Israeli Dictatorship Comes to Full Cycle
By Lawrence Davidson
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 22, 2011
The Zionist-Israeli Apartheid state has never been democratic from the
first day of its inception. It has been built on the discriminatory idea
of limiting citizenship to followers of one religion, Jews.
The Zionist propaganda has repeated the lie of Israeli democracy so
much that many people take it for granted.
Israel has never been a democratic state.
It's a dictatorship of the Zionist invaders who have subjugated part of
the Palestinian people, the indigenous population, by force, and exiled
most of them, since 1948.
About five million Jews enjoy full rights while eleven million
Palestinian Christians and Muslims have been denied any human rights,
deprived of citizenship, and half of them have been forced to live under
the brutal Israeli military occupation since 1967.
Only about one and a half million Palestinians were allowed to stay
inside the Zionist state with citizenship but without equal rights.
Now the Zionist dictatorship is extending suppression to Jews, showing
the dictatorial, racist, apartheid Israeli regime for what it really is.
Israeli democracy fades to black
Lawrence Davidson argues that the
suppression of the democratic rights of non-Jews in Israel, which
had traditionally received at least the tacit support of the entire
political establishment, is coming full circle,
with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likudniks and settlers now
targeting the rights of Jews as well.
Have you seen those old time movies notable
for their endings? The cowboy is seen riding into the sunset or the lovers
are reunited, etc. And then comes the end – the screen dramatically fades
Most of these movies are pretty bad. The stories are
predictable, the acting melodramatic and directing inept.
this genre seems to be making a comeback, but off the screen rather than
on it. In this revival, the Israelis are leading the way.
bad movie starts out as an historical drama with moral overtones. It’s the
story of Israeli democracy but, unfortunately, it has an illogical and
misguided script. It begins with the premise that you can have a
religiously exclusive democracy amid a multi-religious population. Under
these circumstances happy endings are impossible and the drama quickly
turns to tragedy.
The final act of this tragedy appears to be
playing itself out before our eyes. It opened in 2009 with the second term
of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a hard-line "Likudnik" determined to
expand Israel to the Jordan River (if not the Potomac). That makes him an
ally and supporter of the settler fanatics who represent today’s version
of Zionist fascists.
There is a correlation between the condition
of Israeli democracy and the ambitions of Netanyahu’s allies. As the
settlements expand, Israeli democracy shrinks. This in turn is tied into
the fact that the prime minister is determined to keep greater Israel
demographically Jewish, and this means expansion must be coupled with
ethnic cleansing. One can see this clearly in present Israeli policies in
East Jerusalem as well as the violent harassment of Palestinians by
settler thugs throughout the West Bank. Following logically from the
flawed premise in the original script, this is a perfectly predictable
ending for the story of modern Israel.
The drama now turning into
tragedy has its peculiarly Jewish sub-plots. There have always been
multiple expressions of Judaism. One has been the East European insular
version born of acute persecution. This version expressed an inward tribal
orientation that assigned the role of real or potential anti-Semites to
all those who are non-Jews.
Then there was the pre-1967 American
version. This one was outward looking and held in high esteem the general
principles of tolerance. Here the reasoning was that, as a minority, Jews
were safest in a world where tolerance was a universal virtue.
Israel/Palestine it was the East Europeans who shaped the outlook of most
That paranoid outlook is certainly the one held by
Netanyahu, but he inherited it from others of East European origin. He,
and his supporters, are the heirs of Vladimir Jabotinsky and Menachem
This is not to say that Israel’s Labour Party heritage was
not also insular and expansionist. After all, David Ben Gurion was from
Russian controlled Poland. The differences between the two groups are
quantitative and not qualitative.
However, it is Netanyahu and his
coalition who control the Israeli government. They rule in the Knesset.
And they are using their power to destroy not only the Palestinians, but
also those Israeli Jews who would defend the bygone American version of
tolerant Judaism. One can only imagine that Netanyahu and his fanatics
look upon these other Jews, who would make their peace with the
Palestinians, as the Bolshevik fanatics once looked upon the Kronstadt
sailors. They ultimately see them as dangerous traitors.
the past few weeks the Knesset has spat out a number of bills aimed at
restricting the voices of Jewish opponents and to make it more difficult
for them to secure appointed offices. Part of a continuing line of similar
legislation, these new potential laws represent scenes in the final act of
this tragedy. Here are some highlights:
1. A bill to
"ban political organizations in Israel from receiving donations of more
than 5,000 US dollars from foreign governments and other international
groups". Peace groups such as
and human rights organizations such as
B’Tselem, as well as
others which are normally critical of the Israeli government would lose
much of their funding under the new law.
Another bill in
the pipeline would then tax at 45 per cent all remaining income from
foreign governments. Put together, the two bills will have a "staggering"
Yet, it will come as no surprise that individual donors, such as
wealthy right-wing Zionists who give millions of tax-free dollars to
sustain the settler movement, are exempt from the new laws.
noted, there are other laws as well that are causing concern. It is now a
criminal offence in Israel to advocate a boycott of the country and its
illegal settlements, or to mark the occurrence of the Nakba [the
ethenic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948]. There are bills pending that
would make it easier to pack the Israeli Supreme Court with rightists and
even to punish media outlets that dare to investigate the prime minister
or his wife. Thus does Israeli democracy fade to black.
The argument on the part of the Netanyahu
forces is that the money coming from foreign governments and organizations
in the internal affairs of Israel. Well, the Israeli establishment should
certainly know meddling when it sees it. Its politicians and agents are no
doubt the world’s experts at meddling in the affairs of other countries,
particularly the United States. Here, through the manipulation of large
cash donations, they meddle away to their heart’s content, to the
predicable detriment of US national interests in the Middle East.
Simultaneously, these same Israeli politicians see no problem in receiving
a minimum of 3 billion dollars a year from the foreign government in
These new laws have a lot of Israelis upset, and not
just those who are going to be directly impacted. The official opposition
in Israel, the Kadima Party (ambitiously translated as the “Forward"
party) has suddenly taken it upon itself to warn the nation that democracy
is in danger.
Tzipi Livni, former foreign minister and now leader of the opposition
(also rather infamous for her part in the "Cast Lead" invasion of Gaza),
said that "this is an attempt to turn Israel into a dark ...dictatorship".
The ceremonial president of Israel,
Shimon Peres, has
declared that "these proposals deviate from the basis of democracy".
Of course, there is a good bit of hypocrisy in these protests. These
dissenters never exercised their consciences over the suppression of the
democratic rights of non-Jews. Nevertheless, the targeting of the rights
of Jews, even tolerant ones, is "beyond the pale". But that is what you
get when you deny the rights of others. Sooner or later the process comes
full circle and those in the in-crowd lose their rights too.
the screen fades to black all that will be left of Israeli democracy is a
facade, a democracy in name only. For many, however, that will be
sufficient. It will certainly be sufficient for the Israeli politicians
who, living wholly within their Zionist ideology, prize its commandments
above all else.
And it will suffice for the lobbyists and
propagandists who must manage the image of the Zionist state so that those
Americans who give money and make the policies can maintain the fantasy
that Israel is "just like us."
And finally, it will no doubt
suffice for American Jewish congregants who do not want to be ostracized
from synagogues run by businessmen whose only connection to "their people"
comes from blindly supporting Israel.
Will it suffice for the rest
of us? Hopefully not. Perhaps as the last act of this bad movie plays out
many other reviews will come forth criticizing the media image of Israel
as fraudulent, the product of half-truths running on to lies. That might
take a bit of lobbying on the part of those who see this movie as a real
disservice not only to Palestinians, but also to Jews.
heart and remember what Will Rogers once said: "There is only one thing
that can kill [bad] movies and that’s education."