@19 sez "Israel proper is, of course, a heterogeneous (though like the U.S., at times troubled) democracy with a constitution guaranteeing equality under the law."
Palestinians had NOTHING to do with the holocaust, yet they are being asked to pay for the guilt of "West" who allowed it to happen. The land known as Palestine has been stolen and now its people are living either under occupation, as refugees or unequal citizens of the State of Israel. And as you saw in the video, as such, are subject to murder by the Israeli army.
As for being Israel being a democracy ("troubled???"), an excerpt from this: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/4453/19/…
"For Gideon Levy, a veteran Israeli journalist and intellectual, mixing “nationality with religion is the mother of all problems”.
“If being Jewish means religion, then secular Jews like myself can’t define themselves as Jews. But if it is nationality, then I am an Israeli national first and foremost.”
"Levy labels as hypocritical many American and European Jews who support institutionalised discrimination against non-Jewish Israeli citizens, whereas in their respective countries they aggressively and doggedly defend secularism and the principle of equality, irrespective of ethnicity and religion.
“Israel can’t be both Jewish and democratic. And under existing conditions, a non-Jewish citizen in Israel has no chance of having real equality with a Jew,” Levy says.
Ada Ravon, a prominent lawyer from Tel Aviv who deals with civil rights issues, concurs: “There is no chance for a non-Jewish citizen in Israel to obtain full and complete equality. This is at least how I see it under existing circumstances.
“According to the Law of Return, Israel is a Jewish state, and non-Jews can’t be equal citizens.”
End of quotes from article.
The fact that the U.S. and Europe continue to allow Palestinians to be murdered, displaced and oppressed by Israel is the provocation for more and more people around the world to stand up and say not in my name. Boycott Divest and Sanction Israel until it changes its laws and behavior to provide for equality and human rights for all residents of the former Palestine.