Those who are interested in full and substantial democracy, should go and vote for Balad. ■ The alternative is called Jewish supremacy, with its fifty shades, from Ben Gvir to Yair Lapid
By Orly Noy • (Translated by Sol Salbe)
There is a fair chance that from now on, whenever I am asked to explain why Israeli Apartheid also applies within the borders of the Green Line, where the Palestinians hold citizenship of the state, and why the only solution to this disgraceful situation is Balad’s State of All its Citizens, I will simply pull out this quote from Lapid from his visit to Nazareth.
The speaker is the prime minister of the government of change, the great white hope of the Anyone-But-Bibi camp and the current candidate of the Zionist left, Yair Lapid. “Your citizens” [the expression he used to the mayors he was addressing] are the Palestinian citizens, meaning the citizens of the country whose government he heads.
Lapid’s language is the language of the Shabak operative’s threats to every Palestinian subject in the Occupied Territories. “If you don’t cooperate with us, we will take away your entry permit. Your daughter will not be allowed to receive medical treatment.” In the Apartheid concept, the meaning of the citizenship of the Arabs is only symbolic, not substantial. Their rights are not guaranteed by the fact of being citizens but are conditioned by their “proper behaviour”. In fact, it is not about rights at all, but about benefits given to foreigners over and above what they are entitled to. “What was given to you.” A gesture from the Lord, who at will gives and at will takes away.
True, Lapid does not threaten to take “what was given to them” himself, but warns that if he is not elected by the vote of the Arab citizens, the bad wolves will come and take what the Arabs have received (always, but always, less than what they rightfully deserve according to their proportion in the population). But he is not outraged in any way against by this deranged, warped and depraved order of things. He accepts it as a force of nature. That’s how it is. If you don’t vote, “it will be taken from you”. In passive speech, with a shrug of the shoulders.
As long as there is no real democracy here, where no one’s civil rights are conditional, not a gesture, not dependent on their political behaviour, these rights will continue to be used as a bargaining chip in the hands of the entire Zionist spectrum.
Recently, I happened to have seen all sorts of despicable nonsense about the fact that “Balad will lead to the entry of Ben Gvir into the government”. Instead of spreading this evil propaganda, those who do not want Ben Gvir nor the supremacy of Lapid and all his camp friends, but are interested in full and substantial democracy , those for whom the idea of full equality for all does not sound extreme but the most minimal basis, should go and vote for Balad. The state of all its citizens will also be our lifeline, the Jewish public, and it has no other alternative. I mean there is. It is called Jewish supremacy, with its fifty shades, from Ben Gvir to Yair Lapid.