Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, announced loud and clear on election day that he will do everything in his power to block a Palestinian state, and the Israeli Jews supported him in droves. A serving prime minister denies the right of minorities to vote, also on election day, and the Jews in Israel rushed to support him. The message could not be clearer: Israeli Jews want one state between the Mediterranean and the Jordan river, in which Palestinians have no rights. A solid majority of Israeli Jews have spoken and this is the result. So now, when the result is clear, now what are you prepared to do about it?
You participate in the democratic process. You had your share in the election effort. You tried to convince, you joined conferences, you held placards in traffic intersections, explaining the importance of voting, made an argument, and you believed with all your heart that you must participate in the Democratic game. You really believed you could make a change. You honestly believed that you could change politics. You believed that if only you could drag them to the polls, you’ll win.
But the Democratic game was not really a Democratic game. Because here too, it takes two to Tango, and you and your friends cannot play the game on your own. But if the majority takes advantage of the governing power to raise the election threshold in an effort to block the Arab minority and drive them out of the democratic game, then not all participants are following the rules. And if four and a half million people in the annexed territories whose fate is determined directly by the State of Israel and the Israeli government are not eligible to participate in the Democratic game, or in any game for that matter, then the Democratic game is not exactly democratic.
You know all this. Deep down you know this is happening and that the game is not played by the rules. You know in your heart that the line was crossed, and not necessarily now, with the ugly talks of the outgoing and incoming Prime Minister. The line has been crossed long ago, but you preferred to ignore the signs. You Preferred to play the game by the rules. And if the other party does not keep the rules, it does not mean you have to break the rules also. So now, when it is clear that the rules were broken, now what are you prepared to do about it?
Now that the majority has spoken, there will be only one state between the Mediterranean and the Jordan river, with an Apartheid regime that denies the right of Palestinians, or indeed of anyone who is not a Jew, to live as equal among citizens. Now that a solid majority of Israeli Jews want the rule of majority to eliminate the rule of the people, it is time for you to start playing the game under new rules:
When the majority puts for “vote” the infamous law of nationality, which they put on hold during the outgoing parliament session, ask your representatives to refrain from voting. When the rule of the majority takes the steps to limit or eliminate human rights organizations, as they did try in the past, tell your representatives to leave the Chamber. When the rule of the majority enacts laws to override the rights of minorities, demand your representatives to resign from parliament. Leave the majority to play the game as they please. Do not take part in the game. Do not help the majority to pretend as if there is a Democracy. Make sure your representatives do not participate. Because at the end of the day, these laws will pass whether you like it or not. So instead of participating in the “Democratic Process” as if there is democracy, direct your energy to combat a fake democracy. Do everything in your power to lift the camouflage blanket. Rally to the struggle against Apartheid, as in South Africa at the time. Do not look for your Nelson Mandela. He may not yet be there for you. Do not stay at home. Whether home is in Jerusalem or in San Francisco, in Sderot or in Stockholm, the struggle against Apartheid is a task you need to undertake. As in South Africa, also in this struggle, the rules are that there are no rules. So now, when the State of Israel officially becoming an Apartheid state, now what are you prepared to do about it?