One of the principal ways in which Israel and its supporters try to legitimize Israel’s regime of apartheid, 47 years of illegal occupation, and constant war crimes against Palestinian civilians is with the claim that it is “the only democracy in the Middle East.”
On 17 March, the day of the 2015 Israel election, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu showed precisely how this purported democracy works in practice. He took to Facebook to send an urgent message of warning to Israelis:
The right-wing government is in danger! Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls. Left-wing organizations are busing them out.
This, Netanyahu assures us, is supposed to be a bad thing—that Arab citizens of a supposed democracy are voting.
Leading Israeli newspaper Haaretz archived a copy of Netanyahu’s video message on YouTube, so that we may never forget the racism upon which Israeli “democracy” is fundamentally based.
That Israel is an apartheid state is absolutely indisputable. In 2007, David A. Kirshbaum, of the Israel Law Resource Center, published a piece titled “Israeli Apartheid — A Basic Legal Perspective,” meticulously detailing the many ways in which Israel is an apartheid state, under its very own laws. Legally speaking, there is no question whatsoever. Palestinians simply live under a different set of laws.
And the Prime Minister clearly regrets that the few Palestinians who can are exercising their democratic rights.
This peculiar status as an apartheid-democracy is not new in history. One need only look at US “democracy” under Jim Crow to see a system that was not dissimilar. There is bound to be at least one historical example of white US politicians warning “The right-wing white supremacist government is in danger! Black voters are coming out in droves to the polls. Left-wing organizations are busing them out.”