In The Chronicle Herald today, Honest Reporting Canada confronted an anti-Israel detractor who attempted to stigmatize Israel. Our full commentary is below.
Re: Larry Haiven’s April 26 letter, “Rather rosy picture of Israel” and smearing of Israel is wholly disingenuous and is a perfect example of how, when baseless accusations are left unanswered, they risk becoming accepted as conventional wisdom.
Contrary to Haiven’s claims, all Israeli citizens, irrespective of race, religion, or creed, are entitled to vote in local and national elections and to receive equal access to public services.
Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East in which its 20 per cent Arab minority enjoys full, equal rights before and under the law. Israeli Arabs consistently affirm they would rather live in Israel as a minority than anywhere else in the Middle East as part of the majority.
Israel’s vibrancy, openness and tolerance have solidified its credentials as a progressive liberal democracy. The Arab minority not only enjoys the same rights as all other Israeli citizens, but Arabs also occupy positions at the pinnacle of Israeli society. Arabs sit on Israel’s Supreme Court, have been elected to Israel’s parliament, fight in the Israel Defence Forces and partake in every facet of Israeli society.
Haiven’s modus operandi serves to demonize and stigmatize Israel and to malign the Jewish state’s hard-fought reputation and its standing in the community of nations.