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Wake-up Call: 47 years of disenfranchisement

Did you know that in 15 out of Israel’s 20 elections one in three people living under Israeli rule haven’t had a vote? Ami Kaufman has a wake-up call for you.

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    1. Danny

      Israel is a democracy for Jews and a dictatorship for Palestinians. Israel is a democracy in about the same way that apartheid South Africa was a democracy. When Israel says it is the only democracy in the Middle East, at best it is telling a half-truth.

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      • Pedro X

        In Israel all citizens are entitled to vote in national and municipal elections, which includes all Christians, Druze, Arabs and Jews. Israel citizens have freedom of religion, sexual orientation, movement, association, speech, press and work. All citizens receive health services and other benefits from the state. Any citizen can run for and serve in the Knesset. All citizens have equal access to courts and can serve as judges. Israel has an independent judiciary. This is democracy.

        Now look at Gaza or the West Bank. Neither Fatah nor Hamas allows freedom of religion, sexual orientation, movement, association, speech, press or work. Palestinians have not had a national election for almost a decade. Hamas and Fatah, and Fatah factions, act against each other, often shooting, stabbing and bombing their political opponents. Ordinary Palestinian Arabs are arrested and thrown into Palestinian jails for questioning or criticizing their leaders. Hamas executes its opponents in the street. Hamas rounds up and beats its Fatah opponents in the strip. The PA beats and tortures its detainees. There is no independent judiciary. Morality police roam the Gaza strip. Women need a male minder in public. Women are told what to wear, where they can get their hair cut, who they can date or with whom they can associate. Corruption is the name of the game in Gaza and the West Bank. Fatah and Hamas leaders and stalwarts have made themselves rich. Hamas takes care of Hamas members and Fatah Fatah members.

        Israeli Arab Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh said it best when he said that Israeli Arabs enjoy more rights and privileges in Israel than Arabs in Arabs in societies.

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    2. Bar

      Seriously? This is the kind of propaganda 972mag disseminates on video?

      Holy cow. I’m seriously shocked and disturbed. What bullshit.

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      • Bryan

        When the only comment someone can make is “bullshit” you know they have lost the argument. Thanks Bar for confirming the truth of this excellent presentation.

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    3. Sheikh Yahudi

      This video is somehow implying that the Arabs’ lack of voting rights is Israel’s fault. Only citizens can vote. Why in the world is Israel obligated to give citizenship to the Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza? Gaza used to be a part of Egypt and Judea and Samaria used to be a part of Jordan. Perhaps, the Arab residents should vote in those countries’ elections? After all, the international community does not recognize those territories as a part of Israel. Perhaps, Judea, Samaria and Gaza should be recognized as an integral part of Israel and only THEN we can talk about the Arab residents’ voting rights.

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      • Brian

        Ok. One State. But anything less than one man one vote will be apartheid. This should go without saying, but you seem confused, not able to connect the dots.

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        • Sheikh Yahudi

          I am not sure I am the one who is confused here. What I am saying is that until Judea, Samaria and Gaza are sovereign Israeli territory according to the international community then any talk of lack of voting rights or “apatheid” based on the lack of those voting rights is utterly meaningless. That is what neither you nor the author of the video are taking into account.

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      • Bryan

        Can we be crystal clear on this subject. You are saying that Gaza, and Judea and Samaria (better known as the West Bank) are foreign territory that does not belong to Israel. So why is Israel still occupying and colonizing the West Bank and terrorizing Gaza. The solution is so simple – either end the occupation and acknowledge the Palestinians’ right to self-determination or annex the territories and grant every single citizen the right to vote. Do not persist with this illegal Apartheid regime.

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        • Sheikh Yahudi

          Have you ever asked yourself why the media uses the term “the West Bank” and not the historical names of the area such as Judea and Samaria? Perhaps historical names have to do with history that many would rather not acknowledge? And, and no, I never said that they are “foreign territory that does not belong to Israel.” That is what the international community is saying. My whole point was that it is utter hypocrisy to demand voting rights for residents of a territory that is not even recognized as a sovereign part of the given country. Israel is not “occupying” or “terrorizing” anyone. Jordan has relinquished the claim to Judea and Samaria and Egypt has relinquished the claim to Gaza. Palestine has never existed as an independent country and Arab Palestinian identity is very recent. Who/what exactly is Israel occupying? Read above for my refutation of the apartheid nonsense. Perhaps, simple solutions are not so simple? As we watch the entire world experience what the Jews of the Holy Land have experienced for at least 100 years, I think it’s rather arrogant for anyone to make demands on them.

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          • Brian

            You’re unintentionally hilarious. Now I see the dots you are TRYING to connect. I actually hadn’t occurred to me you could be this bald and unembarrassed about it. “There’s no occupation” and “it’s arrogant for anyone in the world to make any demands on ‘the Jews’; not ‘the Israelis’, but ‘the Jews’.” Those two dots. Now I see why you employ that grandiose royal Jewish tribal honorific, Sheikh Yahudi. Only, you make no sense at all. If the West Bank is not occupied territory, and the West Bank is not sovereign Israeli territory where its inhabitants have citizenship, then what magical mystical Jewish Shangri-La-La Land is this where you get to have your Jewish cake and eat it too? Eretz Apartheidlhebrewlandia?

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          • Sheikh Yahudi

            It’s very difficult to continue this exchange given that some of the participants are not only utterly unable to adequately present an opposing point of view, but also lack in elementary reading skills. Case in point this quote: ” You are saying that Gaza, and Judea and Samaria (better known as the West Bank) are foreign territory that does not belong to Israel.” Nowhere have I made such an assertion. Neither have I said that “it’s arrogant for anyone in the world to make any demands on ‘the Jews.” This is a misquote.
            All of my arguments stand and I am simply unwilling to dedicate the time needed to educate you on their validity. Your attempt at mockery is nothing but evidence of immaturity and ignorance so typical of the anti-Israel community. Speaking of education, allow me to give you a pointer of where you could begin your journey; I suggest you look up “Statelessness” on Wikipedia. Unfortunately, the likelihood of your enlightenment is rather infinitesimal.

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          • C.C. DeVille

            Welcome to 972 Sheikh! Yes, you noticed the ass-clownish discussion that some of the locals here engage in to avoid topical discussion. . These people are regular anti-Semites or other misinformed individuals who use big words and copy and paste long, arduous,works of others in an attempt to appear refined and educated on the issues. The silver lining is thst with these folks at the helm, initiatives like BDS are bound to fail. And so far, this is true. In fact, the group in Canada thst took credit for inventing the term “pink washing” announced thst it was folding. Lol.

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          • Brian

            Yes it’s a good thing you have CC Deville, the teenage underperformance artist formerly known as Sluggo, on your side, whose sole achievement to date has been to employ degrading sexual references and talk about body parts and feces, against human beings in crudely misogynistic and misanthropic ways. What a great Jew. Shall we call him Sheikh Yahudi the Lesser?

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          • Bryan

            What you said was that “Gaza used to be a part of Egypt and Judea and Samaria used to be a part of Jordan” and that “After all, the international community does not recognize those territories as a part of Israel.” Now Jordan and Egypt both relinquished their control in favour of a Palestinian state, not their acquisition by Israel. When you said the international community says the territories are not part of Israel, I foolishly interpreted this to mean that you were saying they were foreign territories, i.e. “not part of Israel”. Perhaps you believe they are part of Israel, like the proud mother, watching her son’s passing-out parade at military academy, who said “look – my son is the only one that is marching in step”. Perhaps you believe that military conquest gives you are right of ownership, but then you are out-of-step with the Geneva Conventions, the UN and the entire body of international law. OK, have it your way – they are “part of Israel” – in which case Israel is an undemocratic Apartheid state and the BDS campaign is entirely justified because Israel is illegally confronting the entire international community.

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      • andrew r

        The West Bank and Gaza, along with Israel within the 1949 armistice boundary, belong to those who were citizens of the Mandated state of Palestine and their next of kin. Israel disenfranchised and stripped of citizenship those who were Palestinian citizens from 1925-1950 (When the Israeli Nationality Law abolished Palestinian citizenship) and were outside the country or still in Palestine but outside the UN-proposed “Jewish” state (Until the 1980 amendment to the Israeli Nationality Law, Palestinians who remained in the Green Line were as stateless as those in Gaza or the West Bank after Jordan rescinded their citizenship). The Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza who are refugees from the ’48 conflict are rightfully citizens of the successor to Mandate Palestine and have the right to their expropriated property.

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        • C.C. DeVille

          For those ignorant of UN resolution 393 December1950 I can see how they may feel this way. It is both unrealistic and outdated to insist on what you are saying. Be prepared to compromise or be disappointed.

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          • andrew r

            Unlike the Knesset, no international body has rubber-stamped the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians by the Haganah.

            UNGA 194:

            11. Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible;

            UNGA 393:

            4. Considers that, without prejudice to the provisions of paragraph 11 of General Assembly resolution 194 (III) of 11 December 1948, the reintegration of the refugees into the economic life of the Near East, either by repatriation or resettlement, is essential in preparation for the time when international assistance is no longer available, and for the realization of conditions of peace and stability in the area;

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