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WATCH: Bringing Gaza’s voices to Israeli voters

Elections are often imagined as a celebration of democracy. But what about those who have no vote to give?

WATCH: Wake-up Call: 47 years of disenfranchisement

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    1. Whiplash

      What a load of nonsense. Cry me a river or two. Enemy aliens and others who are not citizens do not get a vote in another nation’s affairs. 98% of Palestinians live in Gaza and areas A and B and their lives are administered by the PA and Hamas. They have a voice in what Palestinian governments do. They have no voice in what Israel does.

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      • Bryan

        Not in the least nonsensical. Either end the occupation or enfranchise every resident within the occupied territories. Recent settlers in the West Bank, outside Israel’s recognised borders, have the vote, their neighbours, resident for much longer, do not. 75% of the population of Gaza are either original residents of Palestine, expelled in 1948 and later, or are direct descendants or those original residents. They are not enemy aliens; they are displaced persons. You claim a Jewish right of self-determination, but that right does not reside within a sectarian community – it belongs to the entire population of a given territory.

        The old-fashioned view was that women had no rights within society, slaves and ex-slaves had no rights within America, native South Africans had no rights within South Africa, native populations had no or very few rights within European colonies. Some religious groups, (Jews, Quakers, Catholics), have been denied the franchise at times in Britain and some US states. Now Israel and its Occupied territories remains one of the last remaining bastions of ethnic supremacy. That will assuredly change, perhaps in decades, and Israel will eventually acknowledge the important democratic principle that “all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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