Following on from last week’s post, I took the fight against the “Israeli Apartheid State” lie to Facebook and other social forums. You wouldn’t believe (or perhaps you would) some of the absurd responses I encountered. One of the most ridiculous holds that, despite the undeniable fact that Israeli Arabs can, indeed, vote for and be elected to the Knesset, they are nevertheless disenfranchised, because no “Zionist” party is ready to enter into a coalition with “Israeli Palestinian” political parties. One of the bleeding-hearts on Facebook insisted that, because of this fact, they are doomed to a permanent minority status in the Knesset and are always outvoted! (The irony of this remark – in light of of Israel’s position at the UN, permanently held hostage to the automatic majority of the Arab-African-Muslim bloc – clearly escaped her.)
This wasn’t the first time that I had been exposed to the nonsensical claim that Israeli Arabs are disenfranchised because of the refusal of Zionist parties to enter into coalition with “Israeli Palestinian” parties. I first heard the claim from the ridiculous Richard Silverstein, a Seattle-based blogger with an all-consuming hatred of Israel which appears sometimes to border on the pathological.
Both Silverstein and my Facebook interlocutor ignore the fact that Israeli Arabs and Druze (including those who have served as Cabinet Ministers) are not confined to specifically Arab parties but can be found in all the “mainstream” parties – including the Right-Wing Likud Party – so that a refusal by the Zionist parties to enter into coalition with parties whose declared aim is the end of Israel as a Jewish state, in no way deprives Israeli Arabs of the possibility of being part of the governing coalition. But to face that fact, they would have to admit the existence of yet another proof that Israel is not an apartheid state.
Moreover, I don’t know about you, but I don’t know of a single democracy where the law bestows an automatic right on any party (except, perhaps, the largest party- i.e. the winner in the elections) to sit in the government – and certainly not on a party whose policies are diametrically opposed to those of the winning party. But in this, as in so many other things, Silverstein and his ilk have moved the goal posts. Concepts such as “democracy”, “apartheid”, “occupied territories”, “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide” have all been redefined, their meanings twisted out of all recognition – in the sacred cause of delegitimising the Jewish State. In this cause, even the word “antisemitism” is no longer applicable to Jews, because the Arabs are also Semites and, anyway, the Jews of today aren’t really Jews but “Khazar imposters”.
But that’s a long story and best kept for a separate article.