Defending Israel from democracy – By Jonathan Cook

Azmi Bishara: a symbol of everything Israel is fighting (MaanImages Archive)

The Shin Bet and the persecution of Azmi Bishara

NAZARETH (5 June 2007) – The second Palestinian intifada has been crushed. The 700km wall is sealing the occupied population of the West Bank into a series of prisons. The ‘demographic timebomb’ — the fear that Palestinians, through higher birth rates, will soon outnumber Jews in the Holy Land and that Israel’s continuing rule over them risks being compared to apartheid — has been safely defused through the disengagment from Gaza and its 1.4 million inhabitants. On the fortieth anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, Israel’s security establishment is quietly satisfied with its successes.


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