To Be a Free People in Our Land
This is an advertisement for the Kach political party in which they provide their own interpretation of the line from the Israeli Anthem, "To be a free people in our land."
This poster was published by Kach, a radical ultra-nationalistic political party that was founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane in the early 1970s. The party was elected to the Knesset in 1984 but was banned from the following 1988 and 1992 elections because its ideology incited racism. Kach advocated expulsion of the Arab population from Israel and discriminatory measures against the Arabs for the purpose of defending the Jewish people and the Jewish State.
Israel Political Parties: Kach, Jewish Virtual Library
Meir Kahane, Encyclopedia Britannica
Probing Question: Are there limits to freedom of speech? Penn State News, Melissa Beattie-Moss, January 27, 2015
Where should the limits to freedom of speech be set? Debating Europe
One of the main principles of democracy is freedom of speech and political views.
Can an individual or an organization be free to say or believe everything? What if these beliefs harm other parts of the society?
The Kach party was banned from participating in the 1988 and 1992 elections.
When can (or maybe should) a democracy limit political freedom?
Notice the party logo on the bottom left. What message does it send?
What – if anything – is a democratic government’s responsibility when a party represents something unpopular or potentially dangerous? What is the responsibility of citizens?
What does it mean to be a "master of your destiny and values" as an individual and as a country?
How do things like Jewish practice and culture influence the values of a country?
Create your own political party poster.
Write a slogan describing what you believe freedom means.
Advertisement by Kach Party, defining a free nation
To be a free people in our land means
To be – To live and not to die from the knives of "lunatics," the bullets of "extremists," and the bombs of "terrorists."
A free people – this is a nation that is master of its destiny and values and is not subject to the control of "friends" such as Bush and Baker.
In our land – because the time has come to say that the Land of Israel is the land of the people of Israel, and no other nation or person has any right to this land.
Because the time has come for the law to apply to the West Bank as it does to Ramat Gan; to Gaza and the Golan as it does to Tel Aviv and Ashdod. There should be no more concessions made against the inheritance of our forefathers.
In order to be "a free people in our land"
We need "Kach" in the Knesset.