Is This What Democracy Looks Like? Military Tactics Against Palestinian Demonstrations

Published June 10th, 2021 - 12:03 GMT
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Israeli military police arrest a Palestinian protesting against the expulsion of residents in Sheikh Jarrah (AFP/FILE)
The crackdown on political activism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories over the last week symbolizes the true nature of Israel’s tactics in combating dissent. Israeli politics should not be understood as democratic politics, but essentially as a militarised system capable of falling on peaceful protesters with teargas and arrests.  In the dominant Western discourse, Israel is usually framed as the only democracy in the Middle East and, as such, a nation that holds peculiar meri

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