Ban Nakba Commemoration and Pledge Allegiance: The Crazy World of Avigdor Lieberman

Tonight I leave for Krakow and while I have succeeded in abstaining from blogging to focus on my paper, this piece of news is too boggling to ignore:

On Sunday a government panel backed putting the bill, proposed by the party of far-right Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, before the Israeli Knesset.

Under the proposed legislation, people caught marking the Nakba could be jailed for up to three years.

Avigdor Lieberman’s party, Yisrael Beiteinu, says the bill is “intended to strengthen unity in the state of Israel”.

Correspondents say that although there have been unsuccessful attempts to introduce similar bills in the past, the right-wing make-up of the current government gives this one more chance of passing – although it has many hurdles to clear yet.

Mr Lieberman’s party also wants to introduce a loyalty pledge, which would demand that Israeli-Arabs swear allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish, Zionist and democratic” state, before they can be issued with their ID papers.

I’m not sure what is more disconcerting: that someone of Lieberman’s constitution is able to sit in the Knesset with clout or that the legislation is being considered seriously.

Is it possible that supporters of the move are so naive to believe that a mere law banning commemoration will be enough to erase the injustices exacted since 1948?

The more oppression is applied, the stronger the aggression will rebound.

It’s dialogue that facilitates peace, not gagging.

Via: BBC.

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This entry was posted on May 26, 2009 by in Conflict Zones, Israel, Middle East, note-to-self, Palestine and tagged , , , , , .
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