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February 09, 2016

Zionism is “Threat to Democracy” according to Haaretz

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In a recent article in Haaretz, contributor Revital Madar states that, “The threat to democracy in Israel, from 1948 to the present, is rooted in Zionism.” Madar claims that the there are insidious bodies at work at the core of Israel’s political and ideological character whose goal is to destroy human rights, “impose collective punishment,” and govern by stringent religious doctrine. These accusations ignore the obvious facts to the contrary, namely Israel’s democratic elections, judicial system, and non-discriminatory character.

Responding to the condemnation of Joint Arab List Members of Knesset (MKs) for visiting the families of Palestinian terrorists, the author takes the position that the Joint List is the “only” Knesset party in Israel that “truly understands what democracy is.” Madar writes that the condemnation the Joint List MKs have faced in the aftermath of their visiting the families of Palestinian terrorists is a desecration of free speech and a violation of democratic rights. The Joint List ministers who observed moments of silence together with the relatives of terrorists in memory of the dead attackers are lauded for having a sensitivity that Israel as a nation lacks and cannot understand; unlike the rest of Israel, these MKs can “care more for a person who committed a crime…and for the rights of his family.”

One of the MKs being celebrated by Haaretz for her humane, fair, and balanced views is Hanin Zoabi, who has voiced anti-Israel views on numerous occasions. She has stated that she is against a two-state solution, believes Israel should work with Hamas as a partner in peace, and has exited the Knesset during the recitation of the national anthem saying, “Hatikvah does not represent me.” After the 2014 kidnapping and murder of three Jewish boys, Zoabi refused to recognize the kidnappers as terrorists, and rationalized the attack as the desperate actions of oppressed teens.

The Haaretz article falsely claims that Israel has a doctrine “to differentiate between human beings,” failing to characterize Israel as it exists in reality, a free and democratic nation: Tel Aviv is continuously listed among the most popular gay cities in the world, known for its massive annual Gay Pride Parade; Israeli Arabs enjoy the richest opportunities, educational and professional, of any Arabs in the region; women in Israel are treated with respect unparalleled in the Middle East and afforded equal rights under the law; and freedom of speech and political thought are afforded to all. In fact, it is these very freedoms that Joint List MKs exercise in celebrating terrorists and that Madar enjoys in criticizing the Jewish state.

- Rachel Frommer, CAMERA intern

Posted by SC at February 9, 2016 03:21 PM

Comments

The thing that's truly impressive (not sarcastic) about Haaretz is that they know the Israeli public no longer listens to them on merit (they have something like a 6% share of any print or online usage amongst Israeli publications) but they're so damn committed to the Hard Left that they're going to keep serving its goals--especially those of the UK school--even when their credibility and influence with anyone inside their country is almost entirely gone. It's so admirably stupid.

Posted by: Ben at February 10, 2016 08:53 AM

very typical of the anti semites, im sorry, but how many innocent jews have to be murdered to appease that kind of people?
its just useless and pointless try to argue with anti semites like him, israel have to tough it up and allow not such a bigotry in a newspaper like that, which only purpose is to undermine israel sovereignty !!!

Posted by: Fermin Garcia at February 10, 2016 11:33 AM

Haaretz is in bad faith as usual because no one ever said democracy is a synonim for suicide! Democracy can be strong and Athens who invented democracy proved it in particular when the city/nation was endangered by the persians and elected a DICTATOR Themistocles. Does...Haaretz know better than the inventor of democracy? Athens idea was sound, it meant "better alive and democrat for a while". Haaretz only wants eu's money.

Posted by: Robert Davis at February 11, 2016 05:37 AM

Ha'aretz is consistently anti-Israel and this position is clear proof. Here they assault the very basis of the existence of Israel. Yes, Israel is an exception, yes there are good reasons. No, not every nation has to be the same ... what kind of nonsense would that be?

Ha'aretz should be closed down and its editors arrested for sedition and giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Posted by: Keith Rice at February 11, 2016 05:26 PM

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