You may have heard these a few hundred times when discussing Palestine and Israel. “There are Arabs in the Knesset, how do you explain that if it isn’t a democracy?” “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East”. But if different laws exist based upon race, religion or ethnicity then clearly it is not a democracy.
Awad Abdel Fattah is the Secretary General of the National Democratic Alliance in the Israel. His political party demands Israel to be truly democratic for all its citizens, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. He is a member of the Higher Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens and chairs its subcommittee on economic and social development. He argues that Palestinians must discard the ‘illusions of the Oslo Accords’ and in September 2014 he wrote an Op-Ed ’It’s Time for a Real Joint Struggle’ in which he states; ‘Honesty is needed to wake Israelis from their delusions. Continuing to view Israel as normal state will only prolong this bloody conflict and create yet more suffering for both sides’.
In 2013 Mr Abdel Fattah was a guest of Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC) where he presented talks in South Africa on the ‘Israeli Democracy’ and conducted an interview on the ‘Façade of Israel’.
From the 14th to the 21st April 2015, Mr Abdel Fattah is in South Africa to speak at a ‘Post Israeli Elections’ seminar with Ran Greenstein and Gideon Levy. On the 16th April 2015, Mr Abdel Fattah addressed the students of University of Cape Town on how the Israeli political landscape has been reconfigured in the aftermath of the elections and what it will mean for the Palestinian peace Process.
By Quanita Diaz – 16 April 2015