Sunday, February 12, 2012

What Apartheid State? Knesset now has record number of non-Jewish MKs

The 18th Knesset will have 15 non-Jewish MKs- the most ever.

From the J Post

"When Shakib Shanan is sworn in as an MK, replacing Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilna’i in the Independence faction, the 18th Knesset will have a record number of non-Jewish MKs: 15.

The Knesset’s three largest parties, Kadima, Likud and Israel Beiteinu, each have a Druse Knesset member – Majallie Whbee, Ayoub Kara and Hamed Amer, respectively – and MK Said Nafa (Balad) is Druse. There are 100,000 Druse in Israel.

Other non-Jewish MKs are the remaining two members of Balad, Haneen Zoabi and Jamal Zahalka, and all four members of the United Arab List-Ta’al faction.

Three out of four MKs in the Hadash faction, which includes the Israeli Communist Party, are not Jewish, including Hanna Sweid, the 18th Knesset’s only Christian member.

Independence faction chairwoman Einat Wilf told The Jerusalem Post she saw the record number as a positive reflection on Israeli democracy and proof that the Knesset is “probably the most diverse parliament the whole world.”According to Wilf, the major differences in opinion between the far-Left and far-Right enrich the discourse in the Knesset and strengthen democracy."

Israel. Diversity. Democracy. Innovation. Thats some apartheid state.

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