Millions disenfranchised in Israeli vote due solely to ethnicity and geography

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Gary Spedding comments on yesterday’s Israeli elections in his post “No ‘Democracy in Action’ for the Disenfranchised“:

I thought to highlight the overriding flaw found in the idea of Israel having an airtight democracy. This is demonstrable simply by discussing just who does get a vote in Israel’s democracy, highlighting the fact that one in every 4.5 people living under Israeli rule does not have the right to vote.

Indeed whilst their Israeli neighbors living in the illegal settlements, constructed on snatched Palestinian land, were casting their votes in locally available ballot boxes, the completely disenfranchised Palestinians living under Israeli rule in the Occupied Territories were not even able to utilize the privilege of voting because as Liel Maghen learned and expertly articulated; the right to vote is not a basic right in Israel, but a privilege dependent on geography and ethnicity.

Yousef Munayyer makes a similar, if more blunt, point in his post sharing the official election results from the occupied territories:

With 100% of Ballots Counted, here’s how the following localities voted –

Ramallah (pop 400000 )
Total Ballots Cast: 0*

Nablus (pop 150000 ):
Total Ballots Cast: 0*

Al-Khalil (pop 250000 )
Total Ballots Cast: 0*

Qalqilya (pop 50000 )
Total Ballots Cast: 0*

Bethlehem (pop 30000)
Total Ballots Cast: 0*

Tulkarem (pop 70000)
Total Ballots Cast: 0*

Jericho (pop 20000)
Total Ballots Cast: 0*

Jenin (pop 50000)
Total Ballots Cast: 0*

Gaza (pop 1.7 million)
Total Ballots Cast: 0*

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