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Israel denies Palestinians democracy

Colin Nevin (Write Back, August 4) describes Israel as "the only democracy in the Middle East".

I cannot understand how Israel can be described as a democracy when it has ruled over millions of Palestinians in territories it has occupied by force since 1967, without according them any democratic rights. Jews who live in the illegal settlements in the West Bank can vote in elections to the Knesset (the Israeli parliament), but Palestinians living in the West Bank can't. That demonstrates a 40-year record of contempt for democracy rather than a commitment to it and is akin to the voting system that operated in apartheid South Africa.

Isn't it time for one-person, one-vote in the Knesset for everybody who lives between the Jordan and the Sea and is governed from the Knesset?

DAVID MORRISON

Belfast

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