Our Orwellian Reality
This is Avigdor Lieberman. He is the head of the Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Is Our Home) party, one of the most far-right parties in Israel, the new manifestation of Kahane’s dream. They are hardline anti-Arab, and that includes Arab citizens of Israel.
It’s election season in Israel, and political billboards fill Tel Aviv’s streets. This one reads:
No Citizenship Without Loyalty
It is the policy of Yisrael Beiteinu that all Arab citizens of Israel must take a test of loyalty to the State in order to remain citizens. Those who refused would be stripped of their citizenship, but allowed to remain in Israel as permanent residents.
Lieberman himself was born in Moldova in 1958 and came to Israel at age 20, and therefore finds it appropriate to make policy regarding the civil rights of those whose roots on this land extend back a thousand years or more.