Wrong With This Election?
may seem strange. A significant number of voters in Israel
harbor enough resistance to the political system to cast a
blank ballot in the election. The system, trying to prevent
such a subversive display of its own irrelevance, has decided
to discard blank ballots by counting them with the "faulty
ballots." It tells the voters: if you cannot choose between
Sharon and Barak, the fault with you. It may be a new experience
- to be called "faulty", to have one's voice silenced, erased
from the statistics, from reality - but it can help us better
understand the system. This election is what elections in
Israel have always been.
game we play among ourselves, we the Jewish citizens of Israel.
The goal of the game is to enhance our identity as good
(democratic) followers (of a social order).While
the incumbent general is responsible for the massacre of hundreds
in the last four months only, the contesting general has not
committed war-crimes since the early 80's in Lebanon.
The contestant promises that only he will bring Peace, while
the incumbent, even as he orders executions without a trial,
actually makes the the heads of the Palestinian Authority
"negotiate" a so-called "agreement." The deal is this: the
candidates pretend to aspire for Peace, thereby making
their voters feel better. The voters do need an alibi.
We all know what is going to happen, whichever candidate is
elected. The voters, for their part, support the regime by
helping the process seem legitimate. We get to choose who
will order to kill Palestinians in our names.
silenced may be new to Jewish voters, but it is
not a novelty in our regime. 2 million Palestinians under
direct military occupation are excluded from the elections,
they were never given the right to vote. Barak threatens
1 million Palestinians inside1948 Israel, voting citizens,
that if they don't vote for him, Sharon will be even
more murderous. This is the choice offered to them. Needless
(?) to say, millions of Palestinians have been refugees for
the last 52 years and have no voice in making the decision
who will run their country.
legitimates their policies of murder (and
robbery, and house demolition, and orchard uprooting,and
torture, and deportation, and maiming, and arrests without
trial, and land grab, and shelling, and lying). No majority
can mandate war crimes. The choice between Ariel Sharon
and Ehud Barak is not a democratic choice.
why we must vote NO! NO to pretend-election, NO to murderer
candidates, NO to the racist regime.
presented here are anything but "blank." They are full
of expression and cannot be misunderstood. Instead of the"petek
lavan" (literally a 'white note' in hebrew) we present
an array of colors. If you were planning to cast
a blank ballot, have a look at this Ballot Gallery,
choose one you like, and use it on February 6th. Print many
copies and give them to your friends, leave copies inside
the polling station, other people may want to use them too.
Better still: make your own card and put whatever you like
on it. The Ballot Gallery will gladly host a digital copy.