‘We are doing you people a favor by allowing you to be seated here,’ Netanyahu deputy tells Palestinians in Knesset

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Upon expiration of the British-mandate Israel used force and intimidation to expand the territory allotted to a Jewish state by the United Nations, and to decrease the Arab population living there. Since then Israel has practiced a discriminatory immigration policy that encourages Jewish immigration to Israel and that makes it very difficult for anyone else to move to Israel. This policy is embodied in the Israeli Law of Return which grants every Jew and their spouse (Jewish or not) citizenship immediately upon moving to Israel; and in a Citizenship Law that makes it very difficult for anyone else to obtain residency or citizenship status in Israel—especially Palestinians who lived there in 1948 but were driven out by war.

In 2003, in the midst of the second Intifada, Israel amended its Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law to preclude family unification between Israeli citizens and their West Bank or Gaza spouse (the anti-family-unification law).  Under this law, an Israeli citizen or resident who falls in love with a Palestinian from Gaza or the West Bank cannot marry and live with this person in Israel. At the same time, an Israeli resident who opts to live with his or her Palestinian spouse elsewhere—because the state won’t allow them to live in Israel—risks that their residency status will be revoked.  The Israeli rights of a child from such a union are precarious and at risk.

In 2006 the Israeli Supreme Court denied a petition challenging the law, but suggested that it was in violation of the Basic Law (the closest thing Israel has to a constitution). In response the Knesset expanded the reach of the law to also preclude family unification for spouses hailing from Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and other (unspecified) countries adverse to Israel, and made minor concessions for short-term renewable family unification permits for older couples, but otherwise reaffirmed the law. In 2012 the Supreme Court upheld this discriminatory law as amended.

The anti-family-unification law was first introduced as an emergency measure, subject to annual renewal. But a decade later this has nothing to do with security; it seems very much like a permanent feature of Israeli law. The Knesset once again renewed the law on June 15, 2015, although the Zionist Union (the formal opposition) was able to extract a commitment that the law would be looked at more closely at the next renewal.

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, the Knesset held a “debate” on a request by the Joint Arab list (13 MK’s headed by Ayman Odeh) to revoke the anti-family-unification provision in the Citizenship Law. The result was not pretty.

From Haaretz:

During the debate, Deputy Interior Minister Yaron Mazuz of Likud … called on Arab lawmakers to return their Israeli identity cards. Addressing the Arab Joint List’s MK Haneen Zoabi, Mazuz said: “Mrs. [Haneen] Zoabi, you are the first who ought to return your ID. We are doing you people a favor by even allowing you to be seated here – terrorists won’t be allowed to sit here. You people are in a democratic state, so respect the state. Whoever acts against the State of Israel using terror – has no right to be here. It’s unthinkable that from this abode, people will go out and participate in terror flotillas against the State of Israel.”

The deputy interior minister is referring to Hanan Zoabi’s participation five years ago as a passenger on the MV Mavi Marmara, a ferry boat that was part of a “freedom flotilla” which attempted to breach Israel’s blockade of Gaza in order to deliver humanitarian aid. Israeli forces killed nine activists in a raid on the flotilla. MK Zoabi was never charged with any wrongdoing.

Here is what this all looks like [Hebrew only, but body language tells all].

Netanyahu seems amused. He took to the stand to defend his deputy minister. He’ll undoubtedly characterize this as an example of Israel’s “robust” democracy. But the government’s response to the Joint Arab List’s request (“We are doing you people a favor by even allowing you to be seated here”) appears less like an example of a lovable rollicking democracy than an ethnocratic state in a destructive nationalist spiral. Haaretz says that Touma Souliman of the Arab List later “took to the podium and accused Netanyahu of being an accomplice to Mazuz’s incitement.”

The deputy minister’s threat that “your residency status will be revoked” is not so idle when you keep in mind that paragraph 11 of the Citizenship law states: “…(b) The Minister of the Interior may terminate the Israel nationality of a person who has done an act constituting a breach of allegiance to the State of Israel.” Thus far, the Palestinian members of Knesset are not cowed. The Supreme Court has repeatedly backed Zoabi against attempts by representatives of the “Jewish state” to disqualify her from office. It seems that, for now, the Palestinian members of the Knesset can have their say, even if their efforts for a more just society are ridiculed and are met with derision and threats.

No defender of Israel should be secure in a belief that this “democracy” is in a healthy state.

UPDATE:  I should mention that, as of this writing, there is a new “freedom flotilla” headed for Gaza.  Member of Knesset Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List) is planning to join in Athens.  He wrote a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu, stating in part: “The civilian flotilla aimed at breaking the siege is peaceful. Its goal is drawing international public attention to the state of the 1.8 million Palestinians living in jail-like conditions as a result of the blockade imposed by Israel – which is a form of collective punishment and constitutes an infringement on humanitarian law.”

Haaretz reports that:  the Knesset House Committee is recommending to the Ethics Committee that it suspend Ghattas from the day he joins the flotilla and it will consider withdrawing his rights.

In the meantime, on Sunday, the Knesset is scheduled to vote on a bill that would require candidates for Knesset to prove that they have never made public expressions of support for “illegal activity against the State of Israel,” which is aimed directly at actions like Zoabi’s participation in the “freedom flotilla” in 2010, and Ghattas’ participation in the current “freedom flotilla.”

This post first appeared on Roland Nikles’s blog yesterday.

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  1. talknic
    June 25, 2015, 5:13 pm

    The Knesset (administrative body) is in conflict with Israel, the Jewish State

    [ Links are all to the same document ]

    http://pages.citebite.com/b3n4r7v9f8xit “We appeal …. to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions”

    http://pages.citebite.com/a2t5q7e1l5qrp “The State of Israel … will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex ”

    http://pages.citebite.com/j2k1y9o6a9hyd “it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture”

    Jews around the world should be raising their voices in protest at the evil regime in control of their Jewish state ( http://pages.citebite.com/g2v1s9i7g1qsd “recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable.” )

  2. amigo
    June 25, 2015, 5:26 pm

    This is just a foreunner of what is yet to come from a nation that is heading to self destruction at an ever increasing speed.

    The way these morons bandy about words like Democracy while claiming they are doing their fellow Israeli citizens elected to the Knesset a favour allowing them to be there.This of course also disenfranchises those Israeli citizens who voted for them.

    Gee , I wonder if Miz Rudoren will have a say on this.Anyone in a betting mood.

    • just
      June 25, 2015, 5:39 pm

      Not gonna put a penny on it, amigo! She’ll say something, but it will be obfuscation and blather.

      Citizen shared that abominable video with us earlier this morning. ugh.

      It’s drooling fascism, apartheid, ethnocracy, and worse.

      wrt the flotilla:

      “Gaza-bound flotilla claims ship was sabotaged

      Former Israeli Dror Feiler, who is aboard the Swedish ship Marianne, says sabotage was ‘clearly the work of professionals.’ Flotilla expected to reach Gaza in three days.

      One of the ships taking part in the latest flotilla aiming to break the maritime blockade of Gaza has been sabotaged, according to Israel-born Swedish activist Dror Feiler.

      Feiler said Thursday morning that “unknown forces” sabotaged one of the ships, telling Nazareth’s Radio Ashams that “unknown persons did a job that only professionals could do.”

      The activist, who is taking part in his fourth Gaza flotilla, said that if the ship had set sail in its present condition, it would have started sinking in the middle of the sea and any activists onboard would have gone down with it. “Somebody went underneath the ship at night and sabotaged its propellers, just like they sabotaged the same ship in 2011,” said Feiler, adding, “There are ‘dark forces’ that are trying to stop us in all kinds of ways. This was someone who knew what he was doing.”

      The problem came to light when the crew “started sailing and water started coming in,” said Feiler, who renounced his Israeli citizenship in the 1970s when he became Swedish. …”

      – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/controversy-ignites-flotilla#comment-148456

      • lysias
        June 25, 2015, 7:15 pm

        That’s attempted murder. And, if the people doing the sabotage were sailors (as they probably were), that’s attempted murder of sailors by sailors. A dastardly act contrary to all professional ethics, as any mariner will tell you.

      • just
        June 25, 2015, 7:34 pm

        It is all that you wrote, lysias. It is simply CRIMINAL to do that to a ship! As a sailor myself, I’d be hollering for an investigation in order to find the criminal(s).

        I wonder who has jurisdiction to look into this maritime crime of attempted murders… though there’s little doubt in my mind as to ‘who’ is behind it.

      • lysias
        June 26, 2015, 10:08 am

        I’m a retired naval officer myself.

  3. eljay
    June 25, 2015, 5:37 pm

    During the debate, Deputy Interior Minister Yaron Mazuz of Likud … said:
    “Mrs. [Haneen] Zoabi, you are the first who ought to return your ID. We are doing you people a favor by even allowing you to be seated here – terrorists won’t be allowed to sit here. You people are in a democratic state, so respect the state. Whoever acts against the State of Israel using terror – has no right to be here. It’s unthinkable that from this abode, people will go out and participate in terror flotillas against the State of Israel.”

    It’s hateful and immoral that terrorist Zio-supremacist people from that abode advocate, justify, defend and support:
    – Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State”; and
    – the “Jewish State’s” almost-70-year-long and on-going campaign of (war) crimes and disregard for international law.

  4. ritzl
    June 25, 2015, 6:12 pm

    Anyone know why Zoabi was ejected and no one else? What did she say?

    • just
      June 25, 2015, 6:49 pm

      afaik ritzl, she was removed from another committee meeting here:

      “Zoabi removed from meeting during verbal fight on Gaza flotilla Ynet 23 June by Moran Azulay — House Committee meets to discuss impending flotilla to be joined by MK Ghattas; Israel Beiteinu MK calls for legislation on conduct of Arab peers — The political storm surrounding MK Bassel Ghattas of the Joint Arab List and his decision to join a flotilla meant to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, came to a head Tuesday at a House Committee meeting during which MK Haneen Zoabi, also from the Joint Arab List, was removed during aggressive verbal arguments [see video].” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/controversy-ignites-flotilla#sthash.7vKOfSYn.dpuf

      …”You should give back your [Israeli] ID cards.”

      Mazuz turned to MK Haneen Zoabi (Joint List) – who had joined in the 2010 Gaza flotilla in an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade on the Mavi Marmara – and told her that she should be the first one to have her citzenship cancelled.

      ‘Terrorists will not sit here,” Mazuz declared.

      Jewish and Arab Meretz and Joint List MKs rushed the podium, taking out their identity cards to hand to Mazuz, to the dismay of Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who tried to calm the knesset down and said that approaching the podium during a speech is against protocol.

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also took the stand in an attempt to retract Mazuz’s comments.

      “Every Israeli citizen, Jewish or not, has the right to vote or run for Knesset, but all citizens must obey the law,” he said.

      “No one has the right to make false accusations that IDF soldiers committed war crimes.”

      Netanyahu accused those who board flotillas to Gaza – like MK Basel Ghattas (Joint List) – of hypocrisy for ignoring atrocities in Syria and Yemen.

      Touma-Sliman spoke immediately after, saying that anyone who thought Netanyahu would condemn Mazuz’s statements was mistaken.

      “The prime minister is justifying incitement against us.

      Shame on him,” she said. “I am a native of this land. My father was born here before the establishment of the state. No one is doing me a favor by giving me an ID card.”

      The Knesset voted against both bills, with nearly three times as many MKs opposing them than supporting them. …”

      http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/161168/knesset-to-arab-mps-hand-back-your-ids

      Gotta love Netanyahu’s whataboutery…

      • ritzl
        June 25, 2015, 6:59 pm

        Thanks, just. And you were right the other day, that security thug should never have laid a hand on her. Speaks volumes about Israeli mentality toward its Palestinian citizens that she felt she had the right to do so.

        I have a hard time picturing a security guard touching a Member of Congress, in the chamber, to remove them. There’d be hell to pay.

      • bryan
        June 26, 2015, 7:03 am

        “Every Israeli citizen, Jewish or not, has the right to vote or run for Knesset, but all citizens must obey the law… No one has the right to make false accusations that IDF soldiers committed war crimes.”

        Surely the hall-mark of a liberal democracy is that it empowers its citizens to utilize a wide spectrum of peaceful and non-violent measures (e.g. strikes, demonstrations, boycotts) in order to influence public policy. Yes, it is generally desirable for all citizens to comply with the law (though leading Israeli politicians, ministers and prime ministers have with great frequency been found to break the law especially with regard to corrupt business practices and a blithe disregard for established principles of international law), but a liberal democracy tends to give more leeway to illegal action directed at laws that an individual finds morally reprehensible (e.g. colonial practices, fugitive slave laws, segregation and disenfranchisement, or an allegedly illegal siege of Gaza) than it would to actions that do not comprise civil disobedience (e.g. perjury, fabricating evidence, slanderous accusations). No doubt that no one has a right to make false accusations but a claim that IDF has committed war crimes is not an issue of fact so much as a matter of interpretation – hence the almost formulaic statements (in reports from the UN and human rights organizations) that such and such an incident “may amount to a war-crime” (but this could only be determined were the matter to be settled by an appropriately constituted judicial body). We could say much the same about alleged American, British and Russian war-crimes – which generally have no greater likelihood of seeing the light of justice – but there are isolated bright spots, such as the investigation of torture techniques at Abu Ghraib, the court martial and life sentence awarded to Sergeant Alexander Blackman for the murder of a wounded, unarmed Afghan combatant, and the £400 million Saville Inquiry into the shooting of demonstrators in the Bloody Sunday Incident.

        Such incidents as these tell us all we need to know about illiberal Israeli “democracy”.

      • piotr
        June 26, 2015, 9:43 pm

        “No one has the right to make false accusations that IDF soldiers committed war crimes.”

        I do not know the Basic Laws, but I guess one of them prohibits self-reflection. False accusation of terrorism are practically a civic duty!

  5. JLewisDickerson
    June 25, 2015, 6:46 pm

    RE: “Upon expiration of the British-mandate” ~ Nikles

    MY COMMENT: Rather than there having been an “expiration” of the British mandate, wasn’t it more a matter of the Brits having unilaterally decided to cut and run?

    FROM WIKIPEDIA [Mandatory Palestine]

    [EXCERPT] . . . The British had notified the U.N. of their intent to terminate the mandate not later than 1 August 1948.[60][61] However, early in 1948, the United Kingdom announced its firm intention to end its mandate in Palestine on 14 May. In response, President Harry S Truman made a statement on 25 March proposing UN trusteeship rather than partition, stating that “unfortunately, it has become clear that the partition plan cannot be carried out at this time by peaceful means… unless emergency action is taken, there will be no public authority in Palestine on that date capable of preserving law and order. Violence and bloodshed will descend upon the Holy Land. Large-scale fighting among the people of that country will be the inevitable result.”[62]
    The Jewish Leadership, led by future Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, declared the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel,[63] on the afternoon of Friday, 14 May 1948 (5 Iyar 5708 in the Hebrew calendar), to come into force at midnight of that day.[64][65][66] On the same day, the Provisional Government of Israel asked the US Government for recognition, on the frontiers specified in the UN Plan for Partition.[67] The United States immediately replied, recognizing “the provisional government as the de facto authority.”[68] Israel was also quickly recognised by the Soviet Union[citation needed] and many other countries,[citation needed] but not by the surrounding Arab states. At the same time that the state of Israel was being declared Jewish paramilitary forces took up occupation of the evacuated British military installations in the country. As the mandate era came to an end, radical Jewish forces, from whose actions the Haganah distanced themselves, began to clear Palestinian Arab communities in the area which would become Israel.[citation needed] . . .

    SOURCE – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandatory_Palestine

    • talknic
      June 25, 2015, 9:35 pm

      Hi JLD,
      hope you’re doin’ well

      Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, is third hand opinion, depends on consensus rather than truth and if they don’t like what you say they’ll have you banned and even remove a vote made before you were banned https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Mandatory_Palestine/Archive_4#Merge

      The article you’ve linked is an attempt to deny Palestine was already a state with provisional recognition. “This article is about the geopolitical entity created in Palestine under British administration.” It’s bullshit! Now it’s stuck there by consensus of those who do not want it changed

      ” Rather than there having been an “expiration” of the British mandate, wasn’t it more a matter of the Brits having unilaterally decided to cut and run? “

      The British were conforming with the majority of the UN on partition. They stuck to the LoN Mandate for Palestine as far as was possible. The Mandate had no provision for partition and under the UN it was arguably already a trusteeship per Chapt XI

      However, the British occupation would have had to have terminated anyway for Palestine to have gained independence as prescribed by the LoN Mandate for Palestine 1st line and the LON Covenant Article 22

      Under the/a partition plan or not, the occupation of Palestine also had to end for the simple reason that any entity, be it Jewish, Arab or any other, cannot declare independence while under occupation. For the same reason what remained of Palestine after Israel was declared independent, could not declare independence while there were and still are Israeli forces in what remains of Palestine. Although Palestine was a state under the Mandate and is now , it was/is not an independent state. Especially while Israel remains in occupation. In fact Palestine has never in its history had an opportunity to declare independence. It has always been occupied fully or in part by some entity or another. Contrary to the Hasbara, there’s never been an opportunity for the Palestinians to miss!

      The Mandate ended so either party could declare independence under UNGA res 181 and had Israel stuck to its proclaimed frontiers, the Arab Regional Powers would not have had legal cause to go to the protection of what remained of Palestine.

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 25, 2015, 10:03 pm

      P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA [British Mandate for Palestine (legal instrument)]:

      [EXCERPTS] The British Mandate for Palestine, or simply the Mandate for Palestine, was a legal commission for the administration of the territory that had formerly constituted the Ottoman Empire sanjaks of Nablus, Acre, the Southern part of the Vilayet of Syria,[1] the Southern portion of the Beirut Vilayet, and the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem, prior to the Armistice of Mudros. The draft of the Mandate was formally confirmed by the Council of the League of Nations on 24 July 1922, supplemented via the 16 September 1922 Transjordan memorandum[2][3] and then came into effect on 29 September 1923[2] following the ratification of the Treaty of Lausanne.[4][5] The mandate ended at midnight on 14 May 1948.
      The document was based on the principles contained in Article 22 of the draft Covenant of the League of Nations and the San Remo Resolution of 25 April 1920, by the principal Allied and associated powers after the First World War.[2] The mandate formalised British rule in the southern part of Ottoman Syria from 1923–1948. . .

      . . . • Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations
      The preamble of the Mandate document states that the Mandate is granted to Britain “for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations”. That article, which concerns entrusting “tutelage” of colonies formerly under German and Turkish sovereignty to “advanced nations” with specific regard to “[c]ommunities formerly belonging to the Turkish Empire” that they “have reached a stage of development where their existence as independent nations can be provisionally recognised subject to the rendering of administrative advice and assistance by a Mandatory until such time as they are able to stand alone.” Throughout the period of the Mandate, Palestinian leaders cited this as proving their assertion that the British were obliged under the terms of the Mandate to facilitate the eventual creation of an independent Arab state in Palestine. . .

      . . . • Religious and communal issues
      Article 14 of the Mandate required Britain to establish a commission to study, define, and determine the rights and claims relating to the different religious communities in Palestine. This provision, which called for the creation of a commission to review the religious status quo between the religious communities, was never created.
      Article 15 required the mandatory administration to see to it that complete freedom of conscience and the free exercise of all forms of worship were permitted.
      The proviso to the objective of the mandate was that “nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”.

      SOURCE – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Mandate_for_Palestine_(legal_instrument)

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 25, 2015, 10:06 pm

      P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “The Story of Palestinian Nationhood Thwarted After the League of Nations Recognized It”, by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, 03/16/10

      [EXCERPT] . . . But because of the rise of the League of Nations and the influence of President Woodrow Wilson’s ideas about self-determination, Britain and France could not decently simply make their new, previously Ottoman territories into mere colonies. The League of Nations awarded them “Mandates.” Britain got Palestine, France got Syria (which it made into Syria and Lebanon), Britain got Iraq.
      The League of Nations Covenant spelled out what a Class A Mandate (i.e. territory that had been Ottoman) was:

      Article 22. Certain communities formerly belonging to the Turkish Empire have reached a stage of development where their existence as independent nations can be provisionally recognised subject to the rendering of administrative advice and assistance by a Mandatory [i.e., a Western power] until such time as they are able to stand alone. The wishes of these communities must be a principal consideration in the selection of the Mandatory.”

      That is, the purpose of the later British Mandate of Palestine, of the French Mandate of Syria, of the British Mandate of Iraq, was to ‘render administrative advice and assistance” to these peoples in preparation for their becoming independent states, an achievement that they were recognized as not far from attaining. The Covenant was written before the actual Mandates were established, but Palestine was a Class A Mandate and so the language of the Covenant was applicable to it. The territory that formed the British Mandate of Iraq was the same territory that became independent Iraq, and the same could have been expected of the British Mandate of Palestine. (Even class B Mandates like Togo have become nation-states, but the poor Palestinians are just stateless prisoners in colonial cantons) . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.juancole.com/2010/03/map-story-of-palestinian-nationhood.html

  6. a blah chick
    June 25, 2015, 7:06 pm

    I think the Butcher looks more bored than amused, I’ve seen pictures of Stalin wearing that same expression.

  7. just
    June 25, 2015, 7:11 pm

    “The most racist Knesset in Israel’s history

    Lawmakers seem to compete against each other to the racist nadir, as Netanyahu is practically egging them on; and with such weak-kneed opposition, that’s hardly a surprise.

    The current Knesset appears to be the most racist in the history of the legislature. It is also the most boorish and mediocre. Scandal follows scandal, MKs vie with each other to see who will lead the assembly to its nadir. Wednesday’s pick was the new deputy interior minister, MK Yaron Mazuz (Likud,) who told his Arab colleagues “we’re doing you a favor that you’re sitting here,” and called on them to return their identity cards. The most ludicrous moment was when he told them: “You’re in a democratic country, respect it.”

    The right response to these contemptible words may have been to ignore them completely. A lawmaker and deputy minister who shows this level of ignorance, lack of basic understanding of democracy and pure racism, is not worthy of a response. On the other hand, it is impossible to keep silent when such low and infuriating statements are made.

    Indeed, the prime minister went up to the rostrum to respond to the remarks of his fellow faction member. But Benjamin Netanyahu added insult to injury. Instead of pillorying Mazuz, as he should have, he also turned his lordly tongue on the Arab MKs and demanded that they denounce what is happening in Syria and Yemen, stating that they have no “right to accuse the IDF of war crimes.” Netanyahu cannot be suspected of ignorance and lack of understanding of democracy. Clearly, he has realized the usefulness of inciting racism against the Arabs of Israel, during the elections and after them. …

    … It is a racist amendment, nationalistic and discriminatory, which prevents Arab citizens of Israel from establishing families with their Palestinian spouses. It is revalidated for short periods because of its inherent illegality, and has been extended 13 times since it was first passed in 2003.

    Zionist Union, the main opposition party and senior representative of the center-left, decided not to participate in this important vote and instructed its members to leave the plenum. It is difficult to think of a weaker or more flawed act and a greater betrayal of its role. Since it has been led by MK Isaac Herzog, it has been in constant decline. With an opposition like this, no one should be surprised at the coalition.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.663102?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    And down, down, down they go.

    • a blah chick
      June 25, 2015, 7:40 pm

      “Zionist Union, the main opposition [sic] party and senior representative of the center-left, decided not to participate in this important vote and instructed its members to leave the plenum.”

      I’m trying to figure out why they would pull this move. Voting for the law would not have lost them any votes with the Jewish Israeli public, except for the few remaining tender hearted squishy liberals, and they barely count. So, why did Herzog do this?

      The only think that makes sense to me is that this is a sop to liberal Zionists abroad, to J Street and that whole mob. Maybe he thinks that if he can sew up support amongst these folk they can exert pressure on The Butcher to…well that’s the part that I can’t figure. Perhaps Herzog, who is a card carrying member of the ruling elite, thinks it’s HIS turn to be prime minister and people like Ben-Ami can help him.

      Is it me or is the craziness accelerating exponentially?

      • ritzl
        June 26, 2015, 5:13 am

        “Is it me or is the craziness accelerating exponentially?”

        Hi abc,

        I vote: https://youtu.be/v5aMT9MBfZI

      • just
        June 26, 2015, 9:48 am

        Works for me, ritzl!

        “Is it me or is the craziness accelerating exponentially?”

        It’s not you, abc. Bingo on the latter.

  8. a blah chick
    June 25, 2015, 7:14 pm

    Also wasn’t that Oren haze haranguing Touma from the back benches? Wow, a guy currently under investigation for corruption, pimping and drug dealing thinks himself in a position to criticize someone who has only ever given back to her community.

    What a sh+++y little democracy.

    P.S. Our own is not much better.

  9. lysias
    June 25, 2015, 7:19 pm

    “You people”.

    I think black Americans might have something to say about that.

    • a blah chick
      June 25, 2015, 7:48 pm

      One of my favorite scenes from All in the Family was when George Jefferson remarked to Archie about “you people.”

      Whereupon Archie, visibly taken aback, said “Who are you calling you people? YOU people are you people!”

  10. Frankie P
    June 25, 2015, 11:01 pm

    Roland Nickles,

    Thank you for this article. It is brief, accurate, and displays information that proves that Israel is most certainly NOT a democracy with equal rights for all of its citizens. This and articles like it (David Fincham’s wonderful “Understanding the Jewish National Home” from April) are necessary and important in the ongoing education of people, especially Americans, who are woefully ignorant about the facts regarding the history and current situation in Israel. These articles are factual and not polemical, the writers patiently lay out facts without allowing in emotion, which seems to prevail as it clouds the waters in the debate and discussion of I/P.

    More, please.

    Frankie P.

  11. just
    June 26, 2015, 10:29 am

    Patrick O. Strickland:

    “Swedish boat sets sail in bid to break Gaza blockade

    ……Yinon Magal, a Knesset member from the ultra-nationalist Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party, accused Ghattas of “undemocratic acts” and “not playing a fair game,” the right-wing Jerusalem Post reported.

    Citizenship threatened
    “If you care so much about your brothers, then where is your flotilla to Syria?” he asked rhetorically, attempting to divert attention from Israel’s siege and frequent attacks on Gaza. “You’re going on a flotilla to Gaza, where people shoot missiles at Israel.”

    Oren Hazan, a member of the Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, urged Ghattas to move to the occupied West Bank if he has “trouble obeying the law.”

    “If you don’t like it here, you are welcome to leave.” Hazan said.

    The participation of Palestinian lawmakers in flotillas came up again on Wednesday during a Knesset session to discuss the Citizenship and Entry Law, legislation that forbids West Bank Palestinians from obtaining residency in present-day Israel though marriage.

    Yaron Mazuz, Israel’s deputy interior minister and a member of Likud, said Haneen Zoabi should be stripped of her Israeli citizenship. “We are doing you people a favor by even allowing you to be seated here — terrorists won’t be allowed to sit here,” he said.

    “It’s unthinkable that from this abode, people will go out and participate in terror flotillas against the State of Israel,” Mazuz continued, attempting to construe the nonviolent act of protest as a form of “terrorism.”

    Illegal blockade
    Ghattas said he is not surprised by the Israeli attacks. “I expected the Israeli government to make a large scandal out of this decision and accuse me of acting against Israel,” he said.

    “This is my duty and it is a legitimate political action,” he added. “I am not scared because I am not breaking any laws. The flotilla is not illegal. Israel’s blockade of Gaza and the collective punishment of 1.8 million Palestinians is illegal.”

    Speaking to the Palestinian al-Shams radio station, Dror Feiler, a Palestine solidarity activist based in Sweden, said that one of the ships had been damaged in what appeared to be an act of “sabotage.”

    “We don’t know who it is,” Feiler said, as reported by The Jerusalem Post. “But that person went deep underwater and sabotaged the propeller, so we had to find a different boat.”

    “There are dark forces that keep trying to stop us all along the way,” he added.

    Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, also spoke out against the flotilla, saying it “will not help address the dire situation in Gaza.”

    His comments come a week after the release of a UN report finding evidence of Israeli war crimes during its seven-week attack on Palestinians in Gaza last summer. In an apparent attempt to seem balanced, that report also accused Palestinian armed resistance groups of violating international law.”

    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/patrick-strickland/swedish-boat-sets-sail-bid-break-gaza-blockade

    “terror flotillas”?

    Ban Ki- moon is worse than useless~ he’s a big part of the problem. He’s done NOTHING to “ help address the dire situation in Gaza.”!

    And to top off the irony awards: “Oren Hazan, a member of the Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, urged Ghattas to move to the occupied West Bank if he has “trouble obeying the law.”” lolololololol!

  12. RockyMissouri
    June 26, 2015, 11:36 am

    Mazuz is revolting. Palestinians deserve to be treated like human beings.

  13. Stephen Shenfield
    June 26, 2015, 2:59 pm

    Amid the hubbub I thought I caught the words: “Sheket yeladim” (Quiet, children).

    • just
      June 26, 2015, 3:10 pm

      Thanks, Stephen.

      Additional patronizing language fits nicely with “you people”.

  14. Vera Gottlieb
    June 27, 2015, 10:42 am

    I feel utter revulsion when reading anything about this country. Palestinians should be happy that israel is still allowing them to breathe.

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