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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Israel's bleak future

Israel is currently going through a bleak period in its history. Why?

I've been commissioned to write three articles for online magazine New Matilda on the subject, as well as examining the wider implications for the Middle East and the journalistic profession.

My first piece is here.

"Israel of 2005 is a state in crisis. During my recent visit to the country, I was constantly told that Israel was a democracy, if you were Jewish. In July 2004, the Israeli cabinet voted to extend a law that blocked Israeli citizenship from Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens. The real reason behind such racism can be found in Israel's demographic time bomb. Within a few years, Jews are likely to become a minority in their own country, leaving Palestinians and Arabs in the majority. Israeli MP Ehud Olmert expressed it best: "It's only a matter of time before the Palestinians demand 'one man, one vote' and then, what will we do?"

2 Comments:

Anonymous Guy said...

It almost seems that Israel's entire history has been bleak. The consequences of post-WWII decisions made by the then powers that be are still being suffered by both Israelis and Palestinians today.

It's like a horror story.

Thursday, June 23, 2005 10:13:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Sadly true.
The world has rewarded Jewish 'suffering' and ignored Palestinian suffering. I fear that, soon enough, Israel's future as a country will be thrown into question...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 10:43:00 am  

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