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New York Times on Israel's Democracy

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"The support of democracy and human rights is....meaningless or even harmful and deceitful when it does not begin with self-critique and with support of human rights when they are violated by one's own group." 

"Any support of human rights for non-Jews whose rights are being violated by the 'Jewish state' is as deceitful as the support of human rights by a Stalinist...."

Extremist Israeli rabbis claim historic Palestine belongs to Jews alone. Non-believers are infidels. In 2007, former chief rabbi Mordechai Elyahu called for mass-murdering Palestinians. Do "whatever it takes " against them, he urged.

Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar called Cast Lead "a holy mission....waged in the name of the entire Jewish people."

Though a minority, Israel's religious community wields enormous influence politically, in the military, and society overall.

Political Zionism is hardline, belligerent and repressive. Negotiating from strength is stressed. Confrontation, not diplomacy is policy. Peace is deplored. Aggression is called self-defense.

Major objectives are longstanding. At issue is colonizing Palestine, exploiting its people, dispossessing and dispersing them, replacing them with Jews, legitimizing ethnic cleansing, and removing Palestinians entirely from their land, history and heritage.

Rule of law principles, human rights, and other democratic values are deplored. "Israel's embattled democracy" never existed. 

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