Updated: added Part 2
Arthur Neslen: Whether Livni or Bibi form the government, the Knesset has taken a big step to the Right.
A. Lieberman not ‘far right’, Pt.2
Neslen: Plan to remove citizenship from Arab Israelis not just a ‘far right’ idea
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February 12, 2009
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Avigdor Lieberman Not Far Right
Neslen: Plan to remove citizenship from Arab Israelis not just a “far right” idea.
“I think most election campaigns in Israel are racially charged,” says Arthur Neslen, author of Occupied Minds: A Journey Through the Israeli Psyche.
He argues Avigdor Lieberman is not so different from other Israeli politicians. Far from representing a new kind of fascism, Lieberman only reinforces the racism woven into the fabric of Israeli society:
“There’s been a tradition within Israeli society, that new immigrants win their spurs in Israeli society, prove their Israeliness, by racism and violence,” says Neslen.
“Whenever Lieberman speaks it sounds an alarm call because he does look like a buffoon and he does look like a racist authoritarian, and it will make it much more difficult if he’s in the government with Tzipi Livni for Tzipi Livini to implement some of the sort of policies which he espouses and which she has also espoused and will probably support,” he adds.