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Israel Is An Apartheid State


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Elderberr
- 3274 days ago - globalresearch.ca
1. Different rights for different races. 2. Separation of so-called racial groups into different geographical areas.3. Security and Repression Matrix of Laws and Security



   

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. (0)
Saturday March 6, 2010, 11:40 am
"Different rights for different races"? Nope. Israeli citizens (about 20% of which are Arab, of course) have the same rights as citizens.

"Separation of so-called racial groups into different geographical areas?" Nope. Israeli citizens (again, about 20% of which are Arab) are of many races and are not segregated by 'race'.

What separation exists is based on citizenship - not race. The Palestinians are not Israeli citizens by their own choice.
 

Elderberry T (201)
Saturday March 6, 2010, 8:47 pm
Rubbish what lies you write.
Here's the whole article which you haven't read.

Before Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) even began members of the Ontario Legislature and the Canadian Parliament are falling all over each other to denounce it. I can't remember another time when elected legislators formally denounced a student activity like this. Perhaps during the 1950s when McCarthyism was rampant but that was before my time.

Last week the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed a resolution denouncing Israel Apartheid Week submitted by PC Peter Shure who said calling Israel an apartheid state was “close to hate speech.” While there were only 30 MPPs in the Legislature at the time, NDP MPP Cheri di Novo was one of them and spoke in favour of the resolution. This week a Conservative MP is introducing a resolution calling IAW anti-Semitic.

Before I deal with why these unprecedented attacks are taking place, I'd like to share with you a great talk I heard last night at Ryerson from Na'eem Jeena (view video below), a leading activist and academic from South Africa who works for Palestinian solidarity. He told us that South African apartheid had three pillars of apartheid and Israel shares all three.

1. Different rights for different races. In the case of Israel, it is different rights for Jews and for non-Jews. For example the law of return of 1950 says Jews can return to Israel and be given citizenship even if they have no links to the country other than mythical biblical ones; whereas Palestinians cannot return even if their parents or grandparents lived there.

2. Separation of so-called racial groups into different geographical areas. Even within the borders of Israel, 93 percent of land is reserved as a national land trust or Jewish National Fund land is for the exclusive use of Jews. The 20 percent of the population that is Palestinians living in Israel have to share access to the 7 percent of private land that is left. The Israeli Supreme Court has made a number of decisions that Palestinians cannot live on Jewish lands. There are not only residential areas that are banned to Palestinians but there are separate roads for Jews and Palestinians. That was never true in South Africa even in times of crisis. Moreover Palestinians have less access to water than Jews living nearby.

Finally the movement of Palestinians is severely restricted much more so than were blacks in South Africa. The famous pass laws in South Africa meant that blacks had to show government issued passes to move around but Palestinians are even more restricted by walls and checkpoints and if they live in the Gaza Strip can't leave at all.

3. Security and Repression Matrix of Laws and Security. There was serious repression in the black townships but there were never tanks or planes buzzing overhead like there is in West Bank. Israeli military violence against Palestinian communities, says Jeena, is far worse than anything suffered by blacks in South Africa during apartheid.

If Israel is becoming a pariah in the world it is not because of anti-Semitism, it is because they are practicing a form of apartheid even more egregious than that practiced in South Africa. Others have compiled comments from some of the most respected leaders of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa who see what Israel is doing as apartheid. There is a reason why the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign is strongest in South Africa. People there recognize apartheid when they see it.

Finally the UN Convention on Apartheid condemns the crime of apartheid that refers to a series of inhuman acts – including murder, torture, arbitrary arrest, illegal imprisonment, exploitation, marginalization, and persecution – committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining the domination of one racial group by another. If the shoe fits.

So why are politicians including some from the NDP setting a student activity like IAW in their sites? An all party coalition of parliamentarians has been holding hearings on what they call the “new anti-Semitism,” by which they mean criticism of Israel. They heard from every University President who appeared before them that there is no rise of anti-Semitism on their campuses and yet the false rumours of such a rise persist because of the equation of criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. Israel is beginning to see that the non-violent anti-apartheid and BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement is a greater threat to their power than the any military threat. In Israel and Palestine, they are moving to arrest non-violent activists who are leading the movement there. And they are using all their economic and political power to push friendly governments to move against these protests. But there is a problem. It's called democracy and freedom of speech. However much you might disagree that Israel practices apartheid, you cannot shut down a discussion of the issue or a demonstration or disinvestment campaign against Israel because freedom of speech is a fundamental democratic right in most Western countries. In Canada, the only way to shut down the movement is to vilify it as hateful or anti-Semitic. That is what our parliamentarians are now trying to do.

I am Jewish and have been working on and off for Palestinian rights for many years, as have many other Jews who feel a special responsibility to speak out against injustices committed by Israel. During that time, I have rarely experienced any anti-Semitism. In the IAW organizing, I have experienced none. If Israel is losing legitimacy in the world, it is because of what their government is doing to the Palestinians, not because of anti-Semitism. This attempt to shut down criticism of Israel is the most frightening assault on freedom of speech I have ever seen in this country. Whether or not you think Israeli Apartheid Week is the best name for this week of discussion supporting Palestinian rights, please write your MP and your MPP and tell them you think it is wrong for Parliamentarians to denounce this kind of educational activity. •

Judy Rebick is the CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy and maintains a blog at transformingpower.ca where this article first appeared.



 

Brigitte T (69)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 1:58 am
"This Time We Went Too Far"
Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion

By Norman Finkelstein

Public outrage at the Gaza invasion did not come out of the blue but rather marked the nadir of a curve plotting a steady decline in support for Israel.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24924.htm
 

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 2:01 am
Sometimes, theres a brain washed version and the truth which hurts.
 

Brigitte T (69)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 2:06 am
Don't worry Elderberry! When you see flying pigs swooping to drop their little biased comments on your submissions, it's a confirmation that you have done something right - because they can't stand the truth :)

Thank you for all your articles!
 

Cheryl B (375)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 9:44 am
I didn't read my mail, I subscribe to them, right on target

You cannot currently send a star to Elderberry because you have done so within the last week.
 

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 1:22 pm
This is really something I say!
 

David Gould (155)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 5:42 pm

It is strange what one can choose not 'to see' when the propaganda starts to fly.

I suppose that one could miss that barrier that divides one set of people from another...it is only five metres high and runs for hundreds of miles isolating whole communities from their neighbours, their farmlands, their services, their relatives.

I suppose one could choose not to see the armoured roads that go to the many settlements deep within the occupied West Bank...and again choose not to see the queues that build up around each check point where IDF personnel decide not to open the check point for today or to be slow on checking folk through.

Again I suppose it was kinda hard to miss the white phosphorus that rained down in the bright daylight to 'Illuminate' the targets within Gaza early last year...shame you also missed the DENS that spread powdered death to all it touched and the depleted uranium shells that will cause birth defects for years to come...or the drones that fired rockets into densely populated areas destroying UN food stations, hospitals, ambulances, schools and farmers trying to work their fields.

You might have missed these things but the rest of the world is just waking up to what is happening and asking some awkward questions. As I say if you have just missed all these things they are well documented if you want to be educated into what the State of Israel is doing for its 20% Arabs...but if you are a flying pig I suppose you are as blind as a bat.
 

Marty H (119)
Monday March 8, 2010, 1:22 am
Thanks Elderberry and noted. I like this line;
"If Israel is losing legitimacy in the world, it is because of what their government is doing to the Palestinians, not because of anti-Semitism." That is so true!
Daivd, eloquently put!
 

. (0)
Monday March 8, 2010, 3:14 am
Nope, David. I have missed none of that. And I say again:

"Different rights for different races"? No. Israeli CITIZENS (about 20% of which are Arab, of course) have the same rights as citizens.

"Separation of so-called racial groups into different geographical areas?" No. Israeli CITIZENS (again, about 20% of which are Arab) are of many races and are not segregated by 'race'.

What separation exists is based on CITIZENSHIP - not race. The Palestinians are not Israeli CITIZENS by their own choice.

'Apartheid' supposedly by race or religion only is accurate if ALL members of that race or religion are included. And the very substantial number of Israeli Arabs/Muslims who are NOT segregated speaks to the fact that it isn't apartheid. That the RACES and the RELIGIONS are not being segregated.
 

David Gould (155)
Monday March 8, 2010, 5:44 am
As I said there are none so blind as them that choose not to see.
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Monday March 8, 2010, 8:21 pm
1. Different rights for different races. In the case of Israel, it is different rights for Jews and for non-Jews. For example the law of return of 1950 says Jews can return to Israel and be given citizenship even if they have no links to the country other than mythical biblical ones; whereas Palestinians cannot return even if their parents or grandparents lived there.
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The racial proportion of the state makes no difference.
Blacks outnumbered whites, by far, in South Africa.
Apartheid is apartheid, Lindsey.
By your logic, the "Jim Crow" laws would still be in effect.

Thanks, Elderberry.
noted.

 

. (0)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 2:40 am
My point, AGAIN, Tim - is that Arab citizens of Israel, 20% of the population, are NOT forced to live in separate neighborhoods. They are NOT forced to eat in separate restaurants. They are NOT forced to use separate bathrooms or sit in separate waiting rooms or travel on the back of the bus or use separate water fountains. They are NOT denied the right to intermarry with Jewish people. They DO have the same voting rights as any Jewish citizen. They are NOT denied the right to serve in political office. They DO work as doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, teachers, and all other jobs. Their children are NOT forced to go to Arab-only schools. Under Jim Crow in the South, black people were restricted in those ways. Under apartheid in South Africa, black people were restricted in those ways. In Israel, Arab and Muslim citizens are NOT restricted in those ways. And, in some (not all, of course) of those ways, neither are Palestinians - who are NOT citizens of Israel.

I am speaking of Israeli CITIZENS - not Israeli NON-CITIZENS. Why it seems to hard to actually read what I am saying is beyond me. CITIZENS. And saying that there is no aparthaid in Israel because its Arab CITIZENS are not segregated and treated in the ways I mentioned. CITIZENS. For apartheid against a RACE (Arabs) or a RELIGION (Muslim) to exist it must be consistent. And for 20% of the Israeli Arab CITIZENRY and for those Israelis CITIZENS who are Muslim that 'apartheid' does not exist.

Apartheid is by its very nature an extremely pervasive and all-encompassing thing. And if 20% of the Israeli population is Arab/Muslim and that 20% is not living under apartheid, then apartheid based on race/religion does not exist there. That doesn't mean that the actions taken against the Palestinians don't exist - it just means those actions AREN'T APARTHEID.

But, of course, some will continue to call Israeli an apartheid nation. Since that word has such a nice shock value to it.
 

David Gould (155)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 6:32 am
I think Lindsey that it is how you define the NON-CITIZENS (your shouting not mine by the way) that concerns us...and how the state of Israel has been treating those it defines in this way. We could argue semantics all day...but if Israel continues to act as a terrorist state towards the NON-CITIZENS then there is little hope of peace in either a one or two state solution. Bully boy tactics failed to impress me at school and fail to impress me now I am quite a bit older. Bullies must be faced down. And Israel is being a bully. Caste Lead sealed its reputation as a bully state.
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 7:12 am
You cannot currently send a star to David because you have done so within the last week.
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Lindsey,
please explain to me why the people of Gaza
are not allowed to be citizens of Israel; why they
are blockaded; why they have no universal Right
of Return.
Please also, if you can, answer these questions without using the
words "Hamas", "Hezbollah" or "rockets".
I look forward to your reply.
 

. (0)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 7:22 am
I did not say, Tim, that they 'cannot' at some point be citizens of Israel. I said that they are 'not' citizens of Israel. Which is a simple statement of fact. Either they, or their recent ancestors, chose not to accept Israeli citizenship when Israel was formed.

As to whether they will be offered a 'right of return' - that isn't up to me, of course. Although I don't believe, based upon historical precedents, that anything other than the three-state solution will be workable from a security standpoint, with no automatic right of return to Jordan or Israel. But, who knows what the parties will eventually agree to.
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 7:45 am
Okay, Lindsey,
that works for me.
God bless you for taking my question in
the spirit in which it was intended, when so many other
people would have read it as a provocation.
Peace be with you,
and have a great day!
 

. (0)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 7:54 am
Actually, Tim, I don't generally see you as a 'provocateur'.
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 8:06 am
Thank you kindly, ma'am! :-)
 

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 7:32 am
Millions of Indigenous Palestinian people (very few Arabs - most are Christians and Muslim descendants of the Canaanites, as are Indigenous Jewish people) are oppressed, exploited, impoverished and under colonial Israeli military occupation, in walled-in townships. Anyone who does not see the similarity between that and South Africa's apartheid system is deluded.
 
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