A radically flawed democracy

Jonathan Cook, the voice of democratic sanity from Nazareth strikes again—this time from Abu Dabi where his article was first printed.


Cook is married to a Palestinian and is an Israeli citizen living in Nazareth, the largest Arab enclave in Israel.


His latest post may be summed up as “some Jews are more welcome than others” or “welcome to the only democracy in the Middle East but check your political opinions at the door or we’ll send you back to where you came from.”

Everybody knows (or should know by now) how anybody with an Arab sounding name is routinely abused at the border. As Cook points out with the most right wing government in its history Israel denials have been increased nine fold in the past five years.It seems the litmus test—Jew or not—do you support Netanyahu and are you for BDS.Imagine Canada grilling somebody with a valid passport about their attitudes.There would be a holy stink.

In July 2015 Susan Abulhawa the Palestinain American writer whose first novel, Mornings in Jenin, was translated into 30 languages and whose The Blue Between Sky and Water is translated into 19 languages was subjected to a disgusting 7 hour humilaition at the Israeli border

She pulled no punches.

After the 7 hour humiliation she lost it “ You wish you had the same roots as I do,” she shouted. “You should be the one to leave, not me! I’m a daughter of this land.” Later on on Facebook she let it all hang out…wouldn’t you?

“Denied entry to my homeland by a bunch of fucking Zionist colonizers who didn’t think I was sufficiently differential. Livid,”

Have a nice trip home, maam.
Cook points out that “legislation passed by the Israeli parliament on Monday night will only intensify the exclusionary trend. The new law forbids entry to anyone who supports a boycott, even if it is only of the settlements. As one legislator pointed out, that means Israel may quickly find itself bound to refuse entry to all officials from the United Nations and Europe.”

Last week Israel denied a tourist visa to the head of one of the most respected human rights organization Human Rights Watch’s Omar Shakir. Israel is notorious for getting wiggly over any international body which dares to point out its flagrant abuses against international law. All are “Palestinian propaganda.”

Jennifer Gorovitz, an American Jewish vice-president of the New Israel Fund, one of the largest funders of Israeli organisations supporting human rights and social justice was humiliated and held up for hours s before PM Netanyahu’s team realized that this was becoming a PR disaster.She was then deemed “not a security threat.”

Gorovitz wrote of her experience: “My privilege as a Jew means I never imagined that Israel could or would deny me entrance.” Such an assumption was justified. Israel’s Law of Return is supposed to guarantee Jews around the world the right to almost instant citizenship in Israel.

The Law off Return for Jews from Baltimore and New York but no Right of Return for Palestinians ethnically cleansed in 1948.

All of this of course is ignored by the Trudeau government and hypocrites like New York mayor Bill de Blasio and governor Andrew Cuomo who salute the Israeli flag on a regular basis. New York has always been the power centre of American Judaism and every politico realizes this. Hence slavish support for Israel.

Cook adds “For that reason, the law is grossly unjust. It privileges Jewish access to Israel at the expense of the native Palestinian population, most of whom were expelled in 1948.”
Cook like any of us who would be forced to watch this parade of injustice unfold in one’s own country has no more time for niceties. His outrage is palpable.

He writes:

And it is deporting not just those such as migrant workers and African asylum seekers who might pollute the Jewish state with non-Jewish genes. Now it is openly targeting Jews whose politics do not align with Netanyahu’s far-right government.

Cook points out:

It should be noted that many of the solidarity and boycott activists turned away are Jewish. Famous Jewish critics of Israel such as Noam Chomsky and Norman Finkelstein have been barred too.

On Monday, March 6 Rebecca Vilkomerson, the US executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, observed that, despite the fact her husband and children are Israeli citizens, and her grandparents buried there, under the new anti-boycott legislation she was now denied the right to visit.

Such a shining example of “the only democracy in the Middle East.



1 Comment »

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    mushafta Says:

    It’s all very frightening stuff. Totally undemocratic and all in line with what’s happening in Trumpland.

    Totally boycott them. Just don’t buy their goods or anything else. Spread the word.

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