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They have in mind fascist police state harshness. Much already exists. Anti-democratic measures pass easily. Doing so reveals growing despotism.

Hadash MK Dov Khenin said it's "troubling that the government condones harming democracy in order to gain a few more votes on the right."

In 2009, CEC hardliners voted to ban Balad and United Arab List-Ta'al. In 2003, they disqualified MKs Ahmed Tibi and Azmi Bishara.

In 2009, Avigdor Lieberman called Tibi "more dangerous to Israel than Hamas and Islamic Jihad." He and other Israeli hardliners called for stripping their citizenship and deporting them. 

At the time, 34 other Israeli Arabs were targeted. Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's killer, Yigal Amir, was exempted. Israeli extremists consider him heroic.

Over the past decade, Arab MKs were investigated. Some faced bogus incitement charges. At issue was participating in nonviolent protests. 

Knesset hardliners compared them to Nazi collaborators. They urged denying them all rights, stripping their citizenship, and banishing them. All Israeli Arabs face racist discrimination. 

Israel affords rights only to Jews. Increasingly, fewer numbers qualify. Israel replicates America. Wealth, power, privilege, and dominance alone matter. 

Lawless belligerence is prioritized. Democratic values are spurned. Both countries aren't fit to live in. Many fed up Jews leave. 

Most remaining are ideologically right of center. Growing numbers represent lunatic fringe extremism. Palestinians and Israeli Arabs have good reason to feel threatened. No one's sure from day to day what's next.

A Final Comment

On December 30, a Haaretz editorial headlined "The Zuabi test," saying:

Justices needed "only weigh and measure the volume of that 'critical mass,' but its ruling (also) determine(s) whether there exists in Israel a sufficient critical mass of democracy."

Fine/vague "line(s) between terror and expressing" opinions don't exist. Opposing occupation and "identif(ying) with the Palestinians" are legitimate views.

If Weinstein thought Zuabi violated Israeli law, he would have said so. His decision should have influenced CEC members.

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the judicial system in israel is one of the most f... by yuval doron on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 12:02:25 AM