As polls opened Tuesday morning across Israel, most voters and analysts felt they already knew the outcome.
This is far from the straightforward or factual statement it might appear to be. In fact, polls opened across “Israel” as it was established in 1948 and in settlements all over the occupied West Bank.
But in the West Bank, only Israeli settlers – numbering some half a million – can vote.
So an election is being held today in the West Bank but only one privileged ethno-racial group is allowed to vote for the government that exercises full and effective control over this territory, which Israel asserts is the sole birthright of “the Jewish people.” Meanwhile, the indigenous majority languish under the military and colonial rule of this regime.
In other circumstances this might be called “apartheid” or “Jim Crow.” But Rudoren did not even mention it at all.
Of course the millions of Palestinians living in the West Bank – who are not citizens of any state – have been allowed in the past to vote in elections for the Palestinian Authority, an entity created by the Oslo Accords and that exists at the pleasure of the ruling Israeli Jewish sectarian regime.
But as we know Israel and its international sponsors simply overlook the results of such bantustan elections or work to overthrow them by criminal subterfuge when they don’t like the result, as they did after Hamas won the 2006 legislative election.
And in her long discussion of Israeli party platforms, Rudoren stuck to safe euphemisms such as “hawkish” and “hardline” to describe what in all other circumstances she might have the guts to call blatant racism, apartheid and colonialism.