When the one-state on all the territory of historic Palestine is created, and some of the then Muslim majority demand that the state be declared a “Muslim and Democratic”, I will be among those who stand in opposition to such demand and declare that “Muslim and Democratic” is an oxymoron.
Now, let us come to the present….
Zionists and their supporters in the West have always claimed that the state of Israel is “Jewish and Democratic”; until recently that is. Even though, “Jewish and Democratic” is an oxymoron, Zionists pretended otherwise and claimed it for the state of Israel; until recently. Israeli leaders seem to not care anymore, and appear to have decided that, when it comes to defining the state of Israel, it is time to confess that “Jewish” is more important than “Democratic”.
On July 19, 2018, the Israeli Knesset (parliament) passed a law known as the “nation-state” law unveiling the truth about the true identity of the discriminatory and racist state of Israel. This “nation-state” law declares that the state of Israel is unique to the Jewish people, and that the Jewish people have the right to exercise national self-determination in the state. It declares that the state must “encourage and promote” Jewish-only settlements that are described to be of “national value”. Furthermore, the law eliminates the Arabic language from being recognized an official language in the state.
Even though this might come as a surprise to some, the truth is that the state of Israel has never been democratic. The true identity of the state of Israel was revealed since the very early days of its establishment on the ruins of Palestinian society. It started with the ethnic cleansing of Christian and Muslim Palestinians, and continued with flagrant racism and oppression against the small Palestinian minority that remained and became citizens of the state. To confirm that the state of Israel is Jewish, consecutive governments and Legislators made oppression of non-Jewish minorities the norm within the state.
After the state has grown to become the most powerful in the region, militarily and economically – thanks to unlimited and unconditional military and economic support of Western nations – it seems that Israeli leaders no longer care about the claim to be “Democratic” and prefer to give that up in favour of the state being recognized as “Jewish”.
Zionist lies and hypocrisy have finally been uncovered by the state that claims to be “the only democracy in the Middle East”. In spite of that, it is reasonable to expect that the claim to be “Jewish and Democratic” will continue. From a humanistic perspective, however, Israeli leaders are shaping the demise of their state by forcefully going in the opposite direction of history.
Back to the future….
When the one-state for all is created, it will be “Democratic” only for all; and none of its citizens will be made to feel that s/he does not belong. Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Others will live together in peace as equal human beings and be safe, secure, and feel at home.
Hope is the stuff from which life is made!