Apartheid makes a comeback in Israel

Israeli government on October 10 approved a bill which compels non-Jews to declare their loyalty to the Jewish state while not demanding the same thing of Jews. It is interesting to note that many Jews don’t recognise the legitimacy of Israel.

IF YOU believe that this is 21st century and individual dignity and human rights are the order of the day, the controversial bill requiring non-Jews aspiring to obtain Israeli citizenship to pledge an oath of allegiance to Israel as a ‘Jewish and democratic state’ would compel you to give a second thought. Israeli government on October 10 approved a bill which compels non-Jews to declare their loyalty to the Jewish state while not demanding the same thing of Jews.

It is interesting to note that many Jews don’t recognise the legitimacy of Israel for religious and theological reasons. A theological expert could explain in detail that the terms ‘Jewish and Democratic’ are oxymoron since Israel can’t be Talmudic and democratic at the same time.

Arabs populate 25 per cent of the Israel. To hoodwink the world opinion Israeli leaders hastened to gloss over the spirit of bill by saying that Israel was still a democratic state and that non-Jews aspiring to obtain Israeli citizenship had nothing to worry about as their rights and privileges would not be undermined in any way. The real intention behind the bill is to forestall demands for the repatriation of millions of Palestinian refugees, who were uprooted and ethnically cleansed from their homes when Israel was established in 1948.

What the so-called moderates in Israel fight shy to accept is clearly categorically stated by people like David Rotem, a member of the quasi- fascist Yisrael Beiteinu Party, a senior partner in the current Israeli government. He says: “I want to keep Israel a Jewish state, and if that contradicts democracy, then democracy comes second, period.”

The new law indirectly reminds Palestinians, who are Israeli citizens – to come to terms with their inherently inferior status as non-Jews. The whole world knows that 99 per cent of Arabs in Israel have been living in the country for hundreds of years before the arrival of Jewish immigrants.

According to Knesset member Ahmed Teibi – the new law means that Israel is democratic for Jews but Jewish for Arabs. “There is no country in the world that forces its citizens, or those naturalising, to swear their loyalty to ideology or a sectarian obligation.” Another Arab Knesset member, Talab Al-Sanea, reacted – the law was not accidental. “The Israeli government did this at this time for two reasons: first, the troubled negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organisation; and second, as a direct response to the dictates of Israel’s internal coalition politics.”

There is some silver lining also with the dark clouds – some liberal-minded cabinet ministers, who either opposed the law or skipped the cabinet session in protest against it have said that Israel is slipping towards an abyss. One minister, Isaac Herzog, son of former Israeli President Haim Herzog said that the resounding support for an amendment showed that ‘fascism is devouring the margins of society’.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Fiddlers on the Knesset

IT COULD have been the case of ‘left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing’ if it didn’t involve Benjamin Netanyahu and his most powerful Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. “A final agreement between Israel and the Palestinians has to be based on a programme of exchange of territory and populations,” Lieberman told the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

And a quick repartee from the Prime Minister’s Office “Lieberman’s address was not coordinated with the prime minister,” adding that “Netanyahu is the one handling the negotiations on Israel’s behalf. The various issues surrounding a peace agreement will be discussed and decided only at the negotiating table, and nowhere else.”

The Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman gives the impression that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is spreading illusions and silly talk about peace. There is no chance for a permanent settlement for a generation. According to FM ‘exchange’ populated areas and adjust the state to its correct size which means that the Arab citizens of Israel must be expelled to the Palestinian side of the border. He suggested ceding parts of Israel with large Arab populations to a future Palestinian state in exchange for Israel keeping large settlement blocs in the West Bank, a proposal which has been part of his party’s platform. He said he expected the process ‘could take a few decades’.

Defenders or protégés of Prime Minister say, “Every time Foreign Minister Lieberman voices his skepticism about achieving peace, he undermines Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s credibility.”
But the irony is that Netanyahu had never considered the views of Lieberman views as illegitimate and he didn’t chastise his foreign minister for the speech.

Does it not reflect that Israel is a country which doesn’t have a responsible coherent foreign policy?
For few weeks Netanyahu had been investing or pretending to do so with gusto to convince the leaders of the world that he is serious about peace with the Palestinians. He had asked them to ignore the resumption of settlement construction, and tried to convince Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas not to quit the negotiations.

Settlement have started and dozers and dumpers are trampling the land of helpless Palestenians. Israel is least worried about the legitimacy or world opinion.

Now the most senior diplomat of PM tells the world that it is all crap that Netanyahu is faking. Even worse: the foreign minister is implying that Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinians recognise Israel as a Jewish state is merely cover for the expulsion of Arab citizens.

The foreign minister made it clear on Tuesday (September 28) that his political partnership with Netanyahu is coming to an end. Lieberman will not back the peace process, which he considers unnecessary and damaging. Those, who know the reality were never in doubt about the expected performance of power game and political circus of Israel. While President Obama is trying to show going for his image, the poor Palestinians continue to suffer under the yoke of cruel and belligerent occupiers. That proves the adage – Might is Right!

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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