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There is no such thing as democracy without limits.

Reader comment on item: Iran's Representative in the Knesset - Haneen Zuabi
in response to reader comment: Everyone has a right to express his/her opinion in Israel

Submitted by Isaac Haskiya (Denmark), Apr 2, 2009 at 05:19

It would be absurd to allow any and every kind of talk. One cannot insult or slander or threaten. It is punishable by law. Debanjan is wrong. Pipes wrote an answer. It is a good answer. I would even go further and say if you are the Member of the Parliament of a State and you suddenly threaten this very State you can no longer sit there and say this is my right of free speech. There is a big difference between what an ordinary citizen says and what a member of Knesseth says. The latter has a greater political responsibility. The former almost none. I assure you that Zuabi will be excluded. I wonder what would have happened to her if she did the same thing in the Iranian Parliament?

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