For Palestinians, Israel’s third round of elections only reinforced what we already knew


The entire Israeli political class is hell-bent on keeping Palestinians imprisoned. All that distinguishes their members is how willing they are to show their disdain for our existence

Nooran Hamdan

4th March 2020

Joint List leader Ayman Odeh, left, after announcing the alliance’s decision. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/Pool/EPA

For the third time in less than a year, Israelis headed to the polls in an attempt to elect a government. In all three elections, Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud party had the most votes but failed to amass a majority of the seats in parliament. While pundits in Israel debate the antics of representative democracy, the differences between Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz, and the costs of continued elections, Palestinians have watched silently from the sidelines.

It is quite ironic that the Joint List alliance, filled with Palestinian Arab lawmakers, is helping to prevent a majority of seats for the Likud. In fact, it’s something that I relish. I cannot help but be impressed by MK Ayman Odeh and others of the Joint List, who remain a thorn in the side of Netanyahu and the Israeli right. This speaks less to Israel’s self-proclaimed “democratic values” that are boasted of whenever the existence of its Palestinian citizens and their participation in Israeli elections are brought up, and more to Palestinian resiliency in the face of horrid dehumanisation.


Not all Palestinians who live under Israeli military rule and law voted. From their point of view, Israel’s elections are merely bickering between a multitude of jailers who are seeking to win over voters with promises of how they will further cage Palestinians.

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1 reply

  1. Very difficult to provide FULL democracy to people in an area that want you dead and display terroristic tendencies and affirm this in killings stabbings etc. Two states would be ideal.
    Palestinians see two states as an interim measure- their hope is for all Israelis to leave Israel or to miraculously drop dead once they are strategically able to deport all Jews or slay them.
    Unfortunately the PLO represents itself and their goals will be met when Israel is Jew free! Dream on!!

    God bless … “You will find very clearly,” says Sheikh Dr Muhammad Al-Husseini, “that the traditional commentators from the eighth and ninth century onwards have uniformly interpreted the Koran to say explicitly that Eretz Yisrael has been given by God to the Jewish people as a perpetual covenant. There is no Islamic counterclaim to the Land anywhere in the traditional corpus of commentary.”

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