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Peninsula On-line, Qatar / Bishara: Israel’s democracy is meant for select few

4/25/2007 3:22:37
Source ::: REUTERS

Doha • Israel's is a Jewish democracy and meant only for a select few from certain ethnic categories, says an Arab member of the country's parliament who resigned from the Knesset recently.

Dr Azmi Bishara was a surprise inclusion in the panel debating political reforms in the region at a global forum on democracy, development and free trade here yesterday. “I have not prepared any paper. I will speak extempore," Bishara said as he was invited by the moderator to speak. “How a state has been built on the ruins of another state,” rued Bishara, a Palestinian.

Earlier, he evaded a question from a TV channel on whether he planned to stay on in Doha since he had quit the Israeli Knesset and did not plan to go back to Israel for a while.

What is happening in Iraq is an attempt to 'de-Arabize' it, he told the panel discussion.

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Gul to run for


ankara • Turkey’s ruling AK Party picked reformist Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul as its presidential candidate yesterday, a decision that may ease tension with the army and boost the Islamist-rooted party’s electoral chances.

Gul’s candidacy is the first time in modern Turkey’s history the post, traditionally held by the secular elite, is poised to go to a former Islamist. It will complete the AK Party’s capture of all key posts in Turkey’s political hierarchy.

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