Dora McPhee (VIC) responds to Liora Miller’s “Democracy in Action” letter, The Age, 13Oct10 October 14, 2010

Liora Millar (13/10) misses the point of Patrick Wolfe’s letter (12/10) that
Israel calling itself a “Jewish and democratic” state is an oxymoron. If the
state privileges its Jewish citizens over its non-Jewish citizens, which
Israel most certainly does, than it can’t be democratic at the same time, as
it is a “partial democracy” only for its Jewish citizens. A bit like being
partially pregnant. You either are or you aren’t.

Having the vote or Palestinian members in the Knesset is merely window
dressing so people like Liora Millar can claim Israel is a democracy while
conveniently turning a blind eye to Israeli laws that openly
institutionalise racial discrimination, such as the Israel’s Land laws , Law
of Return and the marriage laws.


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