Words can hurt

A new survey shows that less than half of Jewish Israelis choose to preserve the right to criticize the government

By DAHILA SCHEINDLIN
November 25, 2010 13:30
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LIKE MANY SOCIETIES, ISRAEL FACES GAPS between ideals and reality. Ideally, Israel would enact gender equality yet, despite firm legislation, there is structural de facto chauvinism. In an ideal vision, Israel embraces peace yet it often finds itself the aggressor. Israel would like to see itself as promoting full equality worthy of a democracy, yet in reality there is endemic discrimination against various minorities.

In a democratic society, exposing these gaps is intended to help point reality toward the ideal. Israel traditionally views itself as cultivating the tools needed to do that – free speech, thought and expression. But of late, it is those very values that have come under pressure.

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