‘Last week, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at a party meeting, said that democracy had to “protect itself and defend itself”.

To which you kind of want to reply that, these days, democracy all over the world needs to defend itself from governments more than anything else. Israel’s current, hard-right coalition government seems to be a case in point, as numerous Israeli human rights groups have been cautioning for some time.

And this current cautionary tale is essentially over the question of what democracies do with views they don’t like.’

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