Cancel Citizenship? Yet Another Nail in the Coffin of Israel’s Beleaguered Democracy

Published on Haaretz

Once again, the Israeli government is putting the left on the defensive by questioning the legitimacy of a citizen’s right to speak out against the occupation. That’s been Netanyahu’s strategy all along.

It should be obvious to every thinking citizen in Israel that Likud chair David Bitan’s call to strip the citizenship of Hagai El-Ad, the director of B’Tselem, is a far greater threat to Israel and Israel’s increasingly beleaguered democracy, than El-Ad’s decision to speak the truth about Israel’s ongoing occupation and settlement enterprise at the United Nations. (Full disclosure, the foundation that I represent, the Moriah Fund, supports B’Tselem with annual grants.) Continue reading