Monday, January 12, 2009

Israel bans Arab parties

Today, Israel banned Arab political parties from running in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

A legislator called this move racist. And it is. I hate to say it, but the move was clearly motivated by ethnic bias.

The country's election committee said some members of these parties had traveled to countries like Syria and Lebanon that oppose Israel. But some Republicans have traveled to countries that oppose America, and the GOP isn't banned from the next American election.

The more important point is that Israel's Supreme Court has already ruled against banning parties on the basis of the parties' dominant ethnic group. However, the Israeli government lately has often ignored its own Supreme Court's rulings.

The ban of Israel's Arab parties was proposed by far-right parties on the election committee.

This is the type of "democracy" the United States is supporting? The undemocratic discrimination has become so bad in Israel that you'd almost think P.W. Botha was running things.


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