Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:18AM
A polling station in the northern town of Umm al-Fahm on  March 17, 2015. (AFP Photo)
A polling station in the northern town of Umm al-Fahm on March 17, 2015. (AFP Photo)

An early general election for the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, was held on March 17, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to overcome a dispute within his ruling coalition and dismissed his finance and justice ministers in December 2014.

The Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA) has detailed the historic racism that has driven Israeli politics. They have also revealed that “recent elections have seen a steady drop in the turnout among Palestinian citizens to the point where barely more than half of voters participated in the elections of 2009 and 2013. The trend towards lower turnouts is generally ascribed to two main factors, one based on principle, the other pragmatic.”

The boycotts have been driven by the belief that Israel has intentionally sought to impose Apartheid-like policies and to exclude non-Jews from governments. And, the other driving view is that any participation is a form of “normalization” which gives credibility to Israel’s insistence that it be a “Jewish State,” rather than a truly Democratic State.

In this edition of The Sun Will Rise,  we will examine the recent Israeli parliamentary election as well as the anti-Arab sentiments applied to win the vote.

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