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Israel's 19th Knesset


Israel elected its most extremist government in history.

by Stephen Lendman

On January 22, Israelis elected 120 19th Knesset members. Over 80% of its members are extremist hardliners.The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) assessed prospects ahead.

Israel's current body is its most extremist. Future prospects look worse. Polls suggest "we may be heading towards a more hardline" body.

Current legislators enacted numerous anti-democratic laws. Warning flags are raised. Flashing red lights signal worse times ahead.

Civil liberties and human rights are on the chopping block for elimination. Few people have a clue about what's coming. They have themselves to blame. Others more informed are dismissive.

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Governments unaccountably get away with murder.

ACRI calls anti-democratic legislation "laws that risk damaging Israel's basic democratic structure."

They're game-changers. They erode or eliminate what should be constitutionally guaranteed. Anti-democratic 18th Knesset bills were outrageous.

They violated Israeli Arab rights. They delegitimized them. They eroded free expression and assembly. They weakened protest rights.

They delegitimized civil society organizations. They targeted civil and human rights for elimination. They challenged Supreme Court independence and authority. They want its rulings bypassed.

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They tried delegitimizing the Justice Ministry and Attorney General's office.

Some bills were enacted. Others got Netanyahu's approval. Public and international pressure slowed their advance. Measures that didn't pass scored political gains.

Serious damage was done in the process. Past, ongoing, and prospective anti-democratic legislation are worrisome. "We expect to see" worse from the 19th Knesset.

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