This week’s Israeli Knesset elections reveal what Israeli “democracy” is all about: advancing settler-colonialism and securing ethnocratic rule. Only a minority of all those forced to live under Israeli control have full rights and will be allowed to cast their vote on April 9. Regardless of the election results, for Palestinians, any outcome will be disastrous.
Palestinians, who live under illegal military occupation in Gaza, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank, do not have the right to vote for the government that presides over their lives and deaths. While Palestinian citizens of Israel are allowed to vote, as quasi-citizens they are excluded from other privileges reserved for Jews only.