Veteran Herutnik goes craven

November 24, 2016 23:02

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin comes from an old Jerusalem family. He is a Herutnik from the old school, a Jabotinskyite Revisionist in every fibre of his being. And now he joins the ranks of the "craven" anti-"patriots" (scoundrels, a la Samuel Johnson) with his opposition to the far right's Boycott Bill.

However, woe betide the Jewish democratic state that turns freedom of expression into a civil offense, and woe betide Knesset members who hoped to produce good grapes, but instead produced rotten fruit, to paraphrase the words of the Prophet Isaiah. Not only does the legislation not provide democracy with an effective tool with which to cope with the boycott problem, it also threatens to catapult us into an era in which gagging people becomes accepted legal practice; an era in which the democratic-constitutional boundary line falls victim to acts of legislative infraction
Provocative legislation, as well as bills that “make a statement,” only undermine the status, supremacy and independence of the Knesset. As long as the legislators knowingly create breaches for others to break through, they cannot complain about the judiciary. “I believe in freedom of speech, and in almost every clash between individual freedom and enforced discipline, I am on the side of the individual,” Jabotinsky concluded. What I fear is that none of his disciples remain to stand by his side.

This is what the scoundrels want, because it diverts attention away from their crimes. It is not surprising that the leader of the party who wants to introduce fascism by stealth is a migrant from the former Soviet Union - who learnt all he knows about stifling freedom from his native country - who faces trial over various alleged crimes. Patriotism, said Dr Johnson, is the last resort of the scoundrel. And in this case, it's the scoundrels looking after themselves. They are Toumah.

November 24, 2016 23:02

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