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Unwelcome citizens of a racist state
: Unwelcome citizens of a racist stateBy
: Jonathan Cook Published in
: Al-Ahram Weekly
, issue 605Date of issue
26 September 2002Topic(s) addressed
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For the first time debates in the newspapers and at political meetings discuss not how Israel should remain Jewish and democratic but whether the state can be both Jewish and democratic. The Zionist mainstream at least appears to be recognising that the two parts of the equation are incompatible. However, rather than draw the conclusion that they need to abandon the idea of a Jewish state, they are choosing instead to reject its democratic qualities.
The future for Israel's Arab citizens looks bleak whatever the outcome of the Palestinians' struggle for a state. The Israeli Arabs already have a state. But it is far from clear whether they will be welcome in it for much longer.