Israel tries to rewrite colonialism as freedom charter

Bethlehem, West Bank (Abed Al Hashlamoun:EPA) June 18 2016

How does Israel come off claiming it’s the only democracy in the Middle East when these young Palestinians from Bethlehem, West Bank have to bypass military checkpoints & climb through a razor wire enforced apartheid barrier for Friday prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem? Isn’t freedom of movement an essential part of democracy?

And how can it claim to be a democracy when Israeli authorities only allow entry to al-Aqsa for women & children & deny it to men over 45 years old? Isn’t freedom of religion essential to democracy?

Military occupation, ethnic cleansing, apartheid, carpet bombing aren’t usually features of a democracy. Or does Israel get to rewrite the freedom charters of the great democratic revolutions against feudal tyranny to fit colonialism?

Build & honor the economic, cultural, & academic boycott of Israel.

(Photo by Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA)