As a lawyer, Ben Gvir has won countless court cases. Cases against him and cases started by him. Not because the judges liked him. But he had the winning argument and the other side had not, either because they were wrong or because they were lazy. And now he has become a politician.
Ben Gvir doesn’t run on sympathy. He moves by argument. People who don’t like his new political power, better shape up on their hasbara.
He just got an Arab party disqualified from running in the elections. No doubt, they’ll take it to the Supreme Court and it’s not unlikely that they’ll lose there too. Courts can’t figure in sympathies when there are good arguments.
Nothing is lost with one Arab party is blocked from running. It’s not the last Arab party standing. But what saddens me is that there seems no Arab party that fights for the interests of Israeli Arab Gentiles. All I hear and read from the Arab Gentile Members of Knesset is slander of Israel. But the Jewish State has many loyal calm friendly law-abiding Arab Gentile citizens who also need and deserve representation. I’m sure that most of them vote for some other parties. How sad that there is no place for them in an Arab party.
Also a Jew was disqualified who spread the blood libel that Israel is executing a creeping genocide. Indeed, he left the discourse as well.
It is rare that anyone gets voted out. Israelis are democrats beyond the end.
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His fellow party member Michael Ben Ari is said to have shared on social media describing Arabs as a “murderous people” who understand “only force.” The police will look into if that is racism. Well, when is that?
It seems only realistic to say that Israeli Jews got to know Arabs as “murderous people who understand only force.” Many Israelis have said so, including many Arab Jews. When does this become real racism?
It becomes sure racism (or nationalism) when it’s used to short-change Arab Gentile Israelis. When people are treated less well just because they are Arab Gentiles and not Jews. And when one talks about all Arabs being such and such. That is racism. When you can’t see the difference between Arabs who live for decades inside the Jewish State and Arabs from outside who have never met a Jew outside of anti-Semitic blood libels. When you can’t see the individual and fellow human in front of you but only the label “Arab.” And then not people who merely say racist things as a slip of the tongue, immediately apologizing for their bigotry. (You’re also a bigot when you don’t take people seriously when they say “We want all the Jews dead.” You apparently don’t take them seriously.)
People who proudly say or do such degrading generalized things, unapologetically, such people should not be able to run in elections in the Jewish State. Why? Because democracy is to give everyone a voice. Someone who doesn’t want everyone to have an equal say cannot be part of the system. He’s like a physician who only wants to work as a doctor to kill people.