Israel’s Fascist Democracy

May 17, 2015 at 10:25 PM

 

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For years, Israel and its powerful lobby in the US and Europe have presented the Jewish state as the model of democracy in a region typically referred to as “anti-democratic.” Naturally, many pro-Palestine activists, among countless others, have long argued that the central principles of Israel’s Jewish supremacist ideology, its legal structure, and its society broadly represent anything but democracy.

Such voices have correctly noted that Israel’s policies and very essence run counter to the traits traditionally associated with democracy: the rule of law, respect for minorities, and protection of civil and human rights. While no objective analyst could reasonably dismiss those important points, recent developments in Israeli politics do point to a disturbing, and painfully ironic, trend: Israel’s loving embrace of outright fascism is, to a large degree, an expression of its democracy.

The Government and the People’s Will

When Prime Minister Netanyahu and his Likud Party won a landslide reelection victory in March 2015, many Israelis, and activists and analysts around the world, were understandably disturbed by what this development portended for the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations, and the future of the entire region. Although many had predicted a defeat for Likud, the elections resulted in a landslide victory for Netanyahu’s right wing party.

While the reasons for Likud’s victory are obviously myriad, one of the decisive factors was Netanyahu’s resorting to racist scaremongering in order to drive the ultra-right wing fascist base to the polls. In a widely disseminated Facebook post, Netanyahu warned of “Arab voters…coming out in droves to the polls.” Although Netanyahu claimed he was simply mobilizing his base, the obvious fact, self-evident to even the most naïve political amateur, was that the Netanyahu was resorting to and exploiting the anti-Arab racist views deeply held by the bulk of Israeli society. And it worked. The elections boasted a 72.3 percent voter turnout, the highest since 1999.

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Interview – John Philpot

May 13, 2015 at 7:12 PM

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Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.com sits down with international criminal defense lawyer and Great Lakes region specialist John Philpot to discuss the latest developments in Burundi which has been experiencing ongoing political turmoil. Draitser and Philpot discuss the coup against Burundian President Pierre Nkuruziza which took place hours earlier on May 13, 2015, and the politics and geopolitics behind it. They examine the nature of the conflict including the role of regional actors such as the brutal Paul Kagame of Rwanda, civil society organizations and international NGOs, and the neocolonial establishment of the United States and Europe. Draitser and Philpot discuss the regional history and the centrality of ethnic conflict in understanding the politics of Burundi and the Great Lakes region. Additionally, they discuss the global context within which the issue should be understood.

Debating the Saudi War on Yemen

May 11, 2015 at 10:15 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on Press TV (May 9, 2015) to debate Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen. Draitser argues that Saudi Arabia, along with its backers in Washington, bears responsibility for the egregious war crimes it has committed, while also pointing to the staggering hypocrisy of Riyadh’s calls for ceasefire. He explains that it is geopolitical and strategic interests that fuel the Saudi war, not the pretext of “legitimacy.” Draitser also outlines a number of other key points in regard to the issue.

Counterpunch Radio – Episodes 1 & 2

May 11, 2015 at 10:10 PM

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On Ukraine, History, and the March to War

May 10, 2015 at 11:42 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on the Sunday Wire Radio Show with Patrick Henningsen (May 3, 2015) to discuss the situation in Ukraine, and the historical context within which it must be understood.  Eric and Patrick examine the role of Nazi ideology and fascist politics in shaping both the events in Ukraine and the discourse surrounding them.  They also discuss the history of the region, the importance of World War II in the collective memory of the people of Donbass (and the entire former Soviet Union), and the antecedents of the Nazis and fascists of Ukraine today.  Eric and Patrick also touch on a variety of other issues including the role of the US and NATO in promoting the conflict in Ukraine as a proxy war against Russia, the dangers of this policy, and the frightening way in which history is, in many ways, repeating itself.  All this and much more in this in depth discussion.