Pick apartheid or freedom, your choice

Palestinian MP Haneen Zoabi tells the Age why a Jewish state is utterly incompatible with democracy:

I do not accept Zionism. How could I support a movement that, by design, excludes me? My struggle is for a state that governs for all of its citizens, not one that discriminates against people because they are not Jewish. I am against the definition of Israel as a Jewish state because that, by definition, is a denial of me, who was born in this country and yet is not accepted by it. Where does the state celebrate Palestinian culture? What national symbols recognise Palestinian identity? We are indigenous to this land, yet we are not welcome in it.

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