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Friday, July 09, 2010

You though Israeli racism was confined to the Occupied Territories? And that it was the only country in the region where Arab women could vote? Balls.

If it's antisemitic to compare this sort of thing to apartheid I suppose we have to fall back on "ethnic cleansing".

From this piece of egregious bollocks (in a section headlined "Israel is a champion of human rights in the Middle East"!):

The Arab minority in Israel are full citizens who enjoy equal rights, including voting rights; in fact, it is one of the few places in the Middle East where Arab women may vote. Arabs are represented in the Knesset, have served in the Cabinet, on the Supreme Court, in high-level foreign ministry posts (including one who served as Israel's ambassador to Finland), and as deputy mayor of Tel Aviv.

Well, we've seen what happens to Arab members of the Knesset. We've seen how "equally" Arabs are treated regarding where they can live, work or own property. But the bit about votes for women must be true, right?

Ahem. If I may quote:

As of 1995, women had a legal right to vote everywhere in the world except in 6 countries in the Middle East—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates—as well as in Brunei, a small oil-rich monarchy in Southeast Asia.

Heck, as at 2010 Brunei hasn't yet given MEN the vote. So by comparison with them even Saudi Arabia looks pretty good.

Here's a timeline so you can see when the other places gave women the vote.

And just to make it quite clear, Palestinian women over 18 (including those in Gaza) have the vote. Hamas in particular appear to have benefited from women's votes to elect them as the Palestinian government in 2006, though of course the Israeli-backed Fatah coup removed them shortly afterwards except in Gaza.

But that's the thing about Zionist propaganda: it doesn't have to be correct or even plausible because any statement which shows Israel's superiority to its Muslim neighbours will be picked up, repeated ad nauseam in the European and American press, and will then become part of What Everyone Knows because it has been repeated so often.

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