So, an Israeli-Jew was elected to Fatah's Revolutionary Council. Sort of.
Uri Davis has called Israel an "Apartheid State" and has been a long time supporter of the Palestinians and opponent of Israel.
Interestingly, however, the BBC article linked to above does not seem to be fully accurate. For example: "Dr Davis said his Israeli citizenship made no difference to his election." First, that's not exactly what the quote the BBC follows up with really says, but more importantly, Dr. Davis does not seem to be a citizen of Israel at all. According to Ha'Aretz, Dr. Davis renounced his Israeli citizenship in 1980 and instead took up Palestinian citizenship.
Theologically, Dr. Davis is also not Jewish. He converted to Islam some time ago.
An argument could probably be made that Dr. Davis has committed treason by renouncing his nationality and accepting the citizenship and a political role in the government of an entity in a de jure state of war with the country he has renounced.
Israel has enough critics and detractors, however, that it's not really worth prosecuting a citizen who has joined Fatah. More concerning is that Fatah will attempt to make Dr. Davis their get out of antisemitism free card.
For example, from the, Ha'Aretz report: "When his name was announced as number 31 on the list of winners, members in the auditorium of the Bethlehem school where the conference held its meetings applauded long and loud. " Was the applause the same or as noteworthy for any other candidates? That's not clear, but it's interesting that he, of all people should be singled out for such applause, a welcome accorded to a defector, 'one of them, who has come to us after having seen the light.' Perhaps the excitement is also self congratulatory for having the openness to receive a Jew into their midst. Perhaps now Fatah will attempt to claim immunity from any antisemitism because now they have a Jew in their midst. Certainly an antisemite would not allow a Jew onto a governing body. Certainly, that's a line that Iran uses regularly when pointing out the seat in their Parliament reserved for Jews.
So, in a nutshell, Dr. Davis has renounced Israel, renounced Judaism as a religion and has chosen to become a Palestinian. That's entirely his right, but it would be disingenuous for him or Fatah to cite him as an example of the inclusive nature of their movement.
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