Friday, January 13, 2012

First It Was International Law. Now Israel's Supreme Court Trashes Human Rights.

Israel's paper thin veneer of being a Western-style liberal democracy is being shredded.  It's the inevitable result of Israel having to come to grips with issues it has for decades been able to duck.  Issues such as breaching international law to enable Israeli companies to exploit Palestinian resources in the West Bank.

Now Israel's supreme court, to use the term very loosely, has ruled that thousands of Palestinians married to Israelis may be banned from living in Israel.   The law has been denounced as racist.   Really, ya think?

"Following a five-year legal battle, the court ruled the Palestinians could pose a security threat. 'Human rights are not a prescription for national suicide,' wrote Asher Grunis, one of the judges in the 6-5 majority ruling."

In Israel, it seems, international law and human rights are all well and good so long as they don't interfere with the government's wishes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just don't tell our coterie of pro-Isreal politicians (I included the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP in this) - you'll be accused of being an anti-semite...