[The Nakba Law is] the latest in a growing list of disgraceful legislation whose entire purpose is to discriminate against Israel’s Arab citizens, intimidate them and deny them their rights… The people directly responsible for this process are the [ones] … who sponsored the bills [and] voted for them. But the 60 MKs who did not take part in the vote are no less responsible… [Including] Kadima leader Tzipi Livni … Ehud Barak … Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Culture Minister Limor Livnat.
IOA Editor: As is all too often the case, this is yet another example of the lack of material differences between Israel’s “extreme-right” and the presumably non-extreme “center-right.”
Haaretz Editorial, Haaretz – 25 march 2011
The votes on the so-called Nakba Law and the bill allowing small communities to set up admission committees, which the Knesset approved late Tuesday, add a shameful page to the parliament’s history. The two laws are the latest in a growing list of disgraceful legislation whose entire purpose is to discriminate against Israel’s Arab citizens, intimidate them and deny them their rights.
These laws – the parts that have been approved (such as the Nakba and admission-committees laws ) and those still pending (the bill to revoke citizenship for disloyalty and the bill on investigating human rights groups ) – are dangerously chipping away at Israeli democracy. The people directly responsible for this process are the same Knesset members from Yisrael Beiteinu, Kadima and Likud who sponsored the bills, as well as their colleagues from Shas, National Union and United Torah Judaism who voted for them. But the 60 MKs who did not take part in the vote are no less responsible.
Kadima leader Tzipi Livni and the whole faction but five MKs did not bother to show up for the vote on the Nakba Law. Nor did Atzmaut chief Ehud Barak and his entire faction, and most Likud MKs, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Culture Minister Limor Livnat. Even the few remaining Kadima MKs were absent from the vote on the admission-committees bill, save for Shlomo Molla, who voted against it.
Their thundering silence enables the extreme right to lead parliament and all Israeli society on a path of incitement against an entire community, infringing on its rights for the imaginary purpose of protecting the state and its values. The silence is no less worrying and outrageous than the laws themselves.
No excuse will hold water – neither coalition agreements nor an attempt to display a “Zionist” or “national” image. Certainly not fear of the political damage that openly siding with the Arab community could incur. The apathy of the 60 silent MKs encourages the instigators of racism, creating a convenient fertile ground for them to continue their disastrous activities. They must wake up before it’s too late.
HaShoah vs Al-Nakba
So, it is allowed every year to remember the horrible atrocities of HaShoah (The Holocaust) on the Jewish people by Nazi Germany in the 1940’s but Al-Nakba (The Catastrophe) started 63 years and ongoing on Palestinian people has to be muted.
Lot’s of resources document both atrocities, but maybe these pictures below leave nothing to imagine for the beholder.
Zionist have become exactly and even worse as those they hated and feared once themselves…
(note: Remembering what’s on the left is ALLOWED, Remembering what is on the right picture is FORBIDDEN)
- 10 Facts about the Nakba
- 1948 Lest we Forget
- All Israeli Massacres
- Hebron: A Massacre Remembered
- In Ajami & Mas’ha evidence of continuing Nakba
- Kafr Qasim Massacre
- MidEast Christians on the Cross
- Palestine Concentration Camps
- Pictures of Al Nakba
- The Children of Deir Yassin
- The Real Holocaust
- Tracing all that Remains Since Nakba | Videos
- War through Palestinian Eyes
- When Christians become Targets
- Zionist Terror