Thursday, March 12, 2009

Israel still a long way from achieving gender equality

There was an absurd headline in today's 'Haaretz' and while absurd headlines are par for the course in the Israeli press, somehow I found this one particularly absurd. There was Tzipi, who you remember bears a lot of the responsibility for the murder of men, women and children in Gaza a few weeks ago, calling for gender equality in the knesset. She said that "Israel is still a long way from achieving equality between men and women and that the low representation of females in the Knesset is a "cause for shame".(1) It is not a cause for shame that 20% of the Israeli population, namely, the Palestinians who live in the Zionist state, are second no, sorry, fourth class citizens in the so-called, "Jewish Democracy", it is not a cause for shame that, as I write this an ethnic cleansing is proceeding apace in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, it is not a cause for shame that no single Israeli politician or soldier is ever going to be held to accounts for the numerous crimes that they have committed on Palestinians. Really, the drivel goes from the absurd to the absurder and the reality is that Israel has a lot more to be ashamed of than gender inequality in the knesset.

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