Did you know that Israel was intent on joining the rest of the Middle East in curbing the rights of its citizens?
I didn’t. If I had known, I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t have signed on that dotted line declaring my intent on becoming a citizen of the Lone State of the Jews. Instead, I would be joining those apathetic to the cause for Israel, the largest growing movement in the world. Apathy is, y’know.
I came to this country because I wanted to help improve this historically Jewish land and the single Western “rights for all” country.
And then, like a flash, I realized my mistake. It was headlined (in the bottom left corner where nobody would need to see it), “New bill seeks to limit free newspapers.”
I did a double take and then a triple take. I reread that article over and over again, certain this must be a leftover purim joke. How better does one describe a desire to take away the most important right of citizens: Freedom of Speech? Why am I not hearing outrage?
A different Bill, looking to reduce the influence of foreign funds had all the newspapers up in arms. “Freedom of Speech!” they yelled, “you’re curbing our Freedom of Speech!”
Where are those protesters now when real Freedom of Speech is being infringed upon?
MKs Eitan Cabel (Labor), Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu), Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), Elazar Stern (Hatnua), Ariel Atias (Shas) and Yoel Razvozov (Yesh Atid) who are sponsoring this Bill: This Bill is a travesty. It is wrong and unjustifiable.
To my readers: I wrote a while ago about my distaste for another bill that took Israel ten steps backwards. That bill is incomparable to the travesty in the stifling of speech currently being proposed.
It’s time to make a fuss.