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Ahmad Tibi: “Israel says it’s a ‘Jewish Democracy’ but there is a contradiction between democracy and the ethnic reference of the term used"

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Israeli representative Ahmad Tibi took part in debates held on November 18, 2005 at the International Conference Axis for Peace, held in Brussels by Voltaire Network. A Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, Ahmad Tibi showed how incoherent the conception of democracy in that country is. “Israel says it’s a ‘Jewish democracy’ but there’s a contradiction between democracy and the ethnic reference of the term. How can we talk about equality in a environment of racial segregation like the one we live in? The conception of democracy in Israel is only used to benefit Jews and to exclude the others.” Former adviser to the president of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat, Ahmad Tibi was present at all negotiations held in Wye River. He’s been a representative to the Knesset since 1998. “I thank Voltaire Network for holding this meeting about the values of peace and justice”, said the Israeli representative.

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