Gideon Levy

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There can be no political prisoners in a democracy, nor detention without trial in a state of law. ... Political prisoners, detention without trial and unlimited imprisonment define tyranny.

Gideon Levy (Hebrew: גדעון לוי; born 1953) is an Israeli journalist and author. Levy writes opinion pieces and a weekly column for the newspaper Haaretz that often focus on the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Quotes[edit]

This Biography Makes It Clear: The Founder of the Palestinian Popular Front Was Right (April 15, 2018)[edit]

This Biography Makes It Clear: The Founder of the Palestinian Popular Front Was Right (April 15, 2018), Haaretz.
  • I felt very sorry that I had not met this man.

In a Democracy, Palestinian Lawmaker Khalida Jarrar Would Be Free (June 21, 2018)[edit]

In a Democracy, Palestinian Lawmaker Khalida Jarrar Would Be Free (June 21, 2018), Haaretz.
  • The continued detention of Palestinian parliament member Khalida Jarrar can no longer be presented as a worrisome exception on Israel’s democratic landscape. Nor can the incredible public apathy and almost total absence of media coverage of her plight be dismissed any longer as a general lack of interest in what Israel does to the Palestinians. The usual repression and denial cannot explain it either. Jarrar’s detention doesn’t only define what is happening in Israel’s dark backyard, it is part of its glittering display window. Jarrar defines democracy and the rule of law in Israel. Her imprisonment is an inseparable part of the Israeli regime and it is the face of Israeli democracy, no less than its free elections (for some of its subjects) or the pride parades that wind through its streets. Jarrar is the Israeli regime no less than the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty. Jarrar is Israeli democracy without makeup and adornments. The lack of interest in her fate is also characteristic of the regime. A legislator in prison through no fault of her own is a political prisoner in every way, and political prisoners defined by the regime. There can be no political prisoners in a democracy, nor detention without trial in a state of law. Thus Jarrar’s imprisonment is not only a black stain on the Israeli regime; it’s an inseparable part of it.
  • She is perhaps the bravest woman living today under Israeli control.
  • Jarrar could end up spending the rest of her life in prison; there is no legal impediment to this since all the pathetic arguments used to justify her continued detention could be deemed valid indefinitely. If she’s dangerous today, she’s dangerous forever. Political prisoners, detention without trial and unlimited imprisonment define tyranny.
  • The resistance should no longer be directed solely against the occupation. The resistance is to the regime in place in Israel. Her imprisonment is the regime and she opposes the regime under whose boots she lives.
  • All those who support her continued detention, anyone who is silent while she remains in jail, and all those who make her detention possible are saying: Forget democracy. That’s not what we are. Get used to it.

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