Corrections

Guardian corrects: deletes claim Arab Israelis have no political representation


A Jan. 12th article in the Observer (sister site of the Guardian) on Sanaa Darawsha, Israel’s highest-ranking female Arab football referee, titled “The men were screaming. They made me feel I should not be a referee”, included the following paragraph:

We contacted the journalist, Sachin Nakrani, to object the false claims that Arab Israelis are “restricted” to specific areas in Israel, and that they have “little or no political representation”. 

He promptly responded to us on Twitter, via a private message, and acknowledged that the sentence with the word “restricted” was awkward, and that he didn’t actually mean to suggest that Arab Israelis are only allowed to live in certain cities.  Further, after we pointed out that the Arab Israeli party (The Joint List) is the third largest party in the Knesset, he agreed to delete the claim regarding Arabs political representation.

Shortly after the exchange, we confirmed that the words “there is little or no political representation” were removed. Though the paragraph is still quite problematic, we commend the journalist for his responsiveness to our concerns.

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  1. 21% of the population and 21% of votes. How can that in any way be construed as “no political representation”?

    Should they be given three votes per person?

  2. What’s also interesting is that you would get from the title that it’s Israeli society in general that has obstructed her. However, if you read the article, it states that she didn’t have a problem referring a game between two Jewish teams, but did when she officiated between two Arab teams.

    Another problem with the article is that someone who does not have knowledge of Israeli society might conclude from “Jewish” and “Arab” teams that they are restrictive that way.

  3. “Further, after we pointed out that the Arab Israeli party (The Joint List) is the third largest party in the Knesset, he agreed to delete the claim regarding Arabs political representation. ”

    Yet, despite this obvious lie, the article by this Arab , who obviously knows that the Arab party has the third largest representation in the Knesset, was printed.

    Sachin Nakrani, who is a “writer and editor” could not possibly be ignorant of the facts. Moreover, despite his apology about “limited resources”, many Arab live in some of the greenest, most livable areas of the country – Wadi Ara, the Galil.

  4. Ah, the war on the Jews of Israel. No lie is big enough. No lie is too small.
    How big is the Guardianista representation in Parliament these days, hmm?

  5. 1 The Israeli PR system normally requires coalition governments but the Joint List has never been invited to join such a coalition. For most Jewish parties this is a matter of principle; full political rights are thereby barred to the Arab community.
    2 The Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People exists precisely to make clear that non-Jews are “type-B” people.
    3 There may be no cities denied to Arab residents but there are certainly neighbourhood communities where this is the case, and the right to exclude non-Jews is enshrined in law.

    • 1. Coalition governments are based on who gets the most votes and which parties can govern effectively.
      2. It is propaganda to state that non-Jews are made “type-B” people. Non-Jews have every right that Jews have.
      3. Individual landlords can make their own decision on to whom they rent.

    • What a load of crap – they announced that they would never participate in any coalition, not once, not twice, but EVERY single election. The only barring of rights is by the Islamofascists not Jewish parties at all.

      Your fucking stupidity and lying are showing in full force. You have never told the truth, most likely because you are too stupid to know anything whatsoever

    • I hate to admit that I’ve kind of missed Canker aka Sencar. I kind of have a soft spot in my heart for delusional losers who have done more to undermine their pet causes than 1,000 copies of me could ever do. Welcome back Canker! Now it’s time to repeatedly take your arguments and grind them into dust.

    • When was the last time the Tories invited the Communists in to form a government?

      “The Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People exists precisely to make clear that non-Jews are “type-B” people.”
      That is absolutely NOT the reason for the Basic Law. It is rather what an antisemitic polemic would claim. What other country is this obnoxious, bigoted, and retarded claim put up against?

      (Note: The usage of “type B” as a stand in for “2nd class” is a bit hilarious though, since “B” is usually just an alternative to “A” rather than something of intrinsically less value. One could easily imagine an editor at the Guardian being too PC to point out the difference to the writer regarded by them as a POC for fear of being labeled “racist” by their own fellow travelers possessing the very mindset they set out to create! Oh, what a tangled web they’ve weaved.)
      You consistently project your own racist attitude toward Jews onto Israelis. Sencar, it is you who sees Jews as different, separate, and unequal to you, and push the notion of their state as an object of loathing.