Friday 24 May 2019

Israeli democracy akin to apartheid

Kevin Myers (February 2) describes Israel as "the one and only democracy" in the Middle East.

Is it really? How can Israel be described as a democracy when it has ruled over millions of Palestinians in the territories it has occupied by force since 1967, without according them any democratic rights?

That demonstrates a 40-year record of contempt for democracy, rather than a commitment to it.

Jews who live in the illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank can vote in elections to the Knesset (the Israeli parliament), but Palestinians living in the West Bank can't. That's akin to the voting system that operated in apartheid South Africa.

Isn't it time for one person, one vote in the Knesset for everybody who lives between the Jordan and the sea and is governed from the Knesset? Then Israel would have a genuine claim to be a democracy.

David Morrison
Belfast

Irish Independent

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