A far right wing coalition headed by P.M .Benjamin Netanyahu has been ruling
A rather disturbing phenomenon or trend is developing in Israel under this weird bunch of far right wing bedfellows that includes Israel Beteinu, an extreme right wing anti-Arab party under the leadership of Israel's controversial foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, the spineless and much weakened Labor Party under Defense Minister Ehud Barak's leadership, and a plethora of right wing religious parties including the ultra Orthodox Shas and Torah Judaism Parties.
Even the left wing opposition has almost been obliterated. The Kadima Party, a moderate centre right party, is the most dominant party in the opposition. Meretz, the left wing Zionist party, whose agenda in the past has been human rights, social issues and peace has become so weak that its voice is no longer heard. It is now more involved in homosexual rights, environmental issues but hardly a word on human rights issues which are being eroded in many ways.
According to a Haaretz 23rd July 2010, Editorial: A bad Knesset for Israel, “the marathon vote on 60 bills in the Knesset the very day before its summer recess reflects clearly the 18th Knesset's character - populist, declamatory, irresponsible and saturated with racism. The blatant flouting of basic laws and civil rights is a common theme running through every recent bill: the loyalty bill sponsored by Yisrael Beiteinu's David Rotem, intended to deny citizenship to those who are not "loyal to the state;" the bill to deny the Islamic Movement's legal status, sponsored by Likud's Ofir Akunis; legislation seeking to deny support to "unpatriotic" filmmakers, sponsored by Michael Ben Ari (National Union ) and Ronit Tirosh (Kadima ); the conversion bill, the Nakba bill and many others like them mock the principles of equality and freedom in Israel's Declaration of Independence”.
Lately we have been witnesses to proposed legislation in the Knesset on the declaration of loyalty to
The passing of these bills in
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As the right wing Netanyahu coalition entrenches itself in power, we shall witness more and more encroachment on personal freedom including freedom of choice. Many bills were passed in the name of “state security” interests, but on closer examination, these bills are discriminatory towards Arab citizens.
Many Israeli academics believe in boycotting Israeli products manufactured in the occupied territories. This also goes hand in glove with supporting boycotts of
Those who support BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) of
The attitude of the right wing Israeli Government towards those who oppose the occupation is beginning to resemble the attitude of the white government of apartheid
Those who oppose the right wing policies of the government are considered anti-Israel and potential fifth column.
Perhaps the time has come to evaluate a new order in