Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Don't be fooled, Israel is not a true democracy

Colin Nevin (Write Back, August 24) urges "people who are supportive of the Jewish democratic state" to boycott Elvis Costello's planned concert here.

Anyone who believes that Israel is a democratic state that should be supported is sadly mistaken.

How can it be when it has ruled over millions of Palestinians in the territories it has occupied by force since 1967 without according them any democratic rights? That demonstrates a 40-year record of contempt for democracy, rather than a commitment to it.

Jews in the illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank can vote in elections to the Knesset but Palestinians living in the West Bank can't. That's akin to the apartheid system in South Africa.

DR DAVID MORRISON

Belfast

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