Arab Parties Nixed

israelThis just in from Ha’aretz:

(Israel’s) 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.

If you’d like to offer feedback to the Central Election Committee, here’s their contact info.

4 thoughts on “Arab Parties Nixed

  1. Just sent in my protest to the Central Elections Committee, and I want to commend you on your last posting. I think you nailed the right to criticize right on the mark.

  2. Not in the article you linked to is the law this is based on:

    The petition to disqualify the lists, … is based on section 7A of the Basic Law: The Knesset, under which ‘a candidates’ list shall not participate in elections to the Knesset if its objectives or actions, expressly or by implication, include one of the following: (1) negation of the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state; (2) incitement to racism; (3) support of an armed struggle against Israel by supporting an enemy state or a terrorist organization.

    The last time a party was banned, was the Jewish Kach party, based on, I’d guess, point 2.

    This does not impact either Arab candidates in parties beside Balad or the UAL, including the communist. Last time this was attempted, it was overturned by the Supreme Court.

  3. These comments thread back to other postings, as well as this one.

    If any of our children (our our spouse!) behaved as Israel is behaving, in terms of aggression, insensitivity, etc. we would be tearing our hair out, running to therapists, advisers, anyone who could help us temper our child’s self-control issues, anger management, etc.–or, in the case of a spouse, we would likely be filing for divorce. How can we have such a profound logical disconnect as to support Israel behaving in ways we never would in our personal lives, or would never condone in our children or family members?

    In commenting on the previous blog posting, Larry asked if I thought Israel should respond to rocket attacks from Gaza, in kind, with crude, poorly targeted missiles. Though “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”, as Gandhi said, I presume that the Gazans would utterly welcome retribution that was merely proportional from Israel, instead of the near 100-1 fatality rate and other destruction that is more like a whole body for an eye, being suffered. And a proportional response would, presumably, look much different to the world, though that is not my choice, either (again, not the way we raise our children to ideally respond).

    It is essential to realize that the whole world is watching, and judging, and feeling, about what it is seeing unfold–and the consequences of that world-perception are mind-boggling.

    In trying to get some perspective on such a challenging situation, everyone predicted a bloodbath in S. Africa, if the whites would lose power under apartheid rule–which didn’t happen, despite the horrendous suffering and inequities the blacks had suffered. Is there anything there to consider in this case (such as truth and reconciliation?–made harder every day of this new assault).

    As far as racism (not really the correct word), it swings from all sides. Yes, it is abhorrent to hear terrible anti-Jewish slogans at demonstrations against the assault on Gaza. There are also horrendous anti-Muslim slogans, and images, perpetrated at pro-Jewish/Israeli events. I have photos of posters that were seen at Jewish-organized protests when the UN last met in NY, which have a circle and slash superimposed over the Muslim crescent and star, as well as anti-Quaker posters, outside an event where an interfaith delegation was meeting with an Iranian delegation.

    There are countless examples of virulent anti-Muslim exhortations, easily found, and not being roundly condemned by Jewish organizations and individuals, which one would hope would be front and center in doing so, knowing so well the impact that such messaging has had in Jewish history.

    Thank you to the organizers of last night’s meeting at JRC, heartening in the demonstration of large numbers of fellow local Jews who are struggling around this issue. Please keep scheduling regular, frequent meetings and forums. In doing so, please utilize meeting models that help people to network together, to hearten one another, and build strength and momentum, and to organize–because every minute, more and more destruction is being wrought.

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